Category Archives: Low Wage Work

What I've been reading

Since I’m presently travelling, I haven’t felt sufficiently up with the commentariat to offer any new thoughts on Lebanon, the Costello dummy spit, or why Casey Donovan has been dropped by her recording label. However, I just finished one of the … Continue reading

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One for the huddled masses

The Californian-based Independent Institute has put out an open letter on immigration, signed by 500+ US scholars. About 40 foreigners (of which I’m one) also signed on, though I’m not quite sure how persuaded GWB will be by non-US citizens signing … Continue reading

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Laming Lectures

Andrew Laming is giving a talk on welfare reform at 3.30pm at the National Museum tomorrow, as part of the ANU Demography & Sociology Program’s 2006 Australian Social and Economic Policy Lecture Series. Full details over the fold.

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The Gruen tax

Blogger Nicholas Gruen has written a report for CEDA on tax cuts.* The executive summary: The Australians facing the strongest disincentives to work are mostly on middle and lower incomes. These people are also the ones most likely to respond … Continue reading

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Who gets the minimum wage?

The Australian Fair Pay Commission is presently tendering for a consultancy to answer three questions: Who is subject to the federal minimum wage? What are the individual characteristics of employees covered by the federal minimum wage? What are the household … Continue reading

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Immigration: good if you're a restaurant customer, maybe not so good if you're a waiter

George Borjas has a piece in today’s WSJ on immigration and wages in the US, arguing that a 10% increase in Mexican immigrants lowers low-skill native wages by 3-4%. He also makes some important points on the methodology of looking … Continue reading

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From Golden Age to Golden Age

For anyone interested in long-run trends in earnings of low wage workers, and possible policy solutions, this paper (PDF) by Paul Frijters and Bob Gregory is nothing if not thought-provoking. It’ll be coming out in a special issue of the … Continue reading

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Rising union membership?

I just had a conversation with a journalist about the “rise” in Australian union membership, which she said was up 4%. It took me a while to work out that this was the absolute rise in membership. When you look … Continue reading

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Ideology first, facts second

On the right, Rafe Champion is outraged by the fact that disabled workers have to work for the minimum wage. On the left, Gummo Trotsky is outraged by Rafe’s outrageous suggestion. Neither seem to have heard of the Supported Wage … Continue reading

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