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12 December 2011, Brussels

What do we and what don't we know about minimum wages in Europe

Expert conference organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Brussels, 12 December 2011, 10h30-16h30
ITUH, Blvd du Roi Albert II, 5, 1210 Brussels, Belgium, Room B

The ETUI would like to invite you to this expert conference which should deepen our knowledge about the wages paid at the ‘bottom’ of the labour market in European countries. Invited experts will discuss the empirics and also more theoretical questions relating to wage and employment outcomes. What proportion of the workforce earns the minimum wage in different countries? What are the characteristics of these people? What, if any, is the relationship between the level of the minimum wage and employment and distributional outcomes? Another focus will be the different institutional arrangements that determine wages at the bottom of the labour market across Europe. Can we move beyond a simple dichotomy between statutory and collective bargaining-based systems?

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