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Philip Booth
15 July 2015
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Iain Martin argues not just that George Osborne was right to raise the minimum wage but that: “It must feel good to be pure. While others make messy compromises, the hardened...
Ryan Bourne
14 July 2015
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George Osborne’s desired message was clear. He claimed last week’s Budget was a new settlement for a “higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare country”. The Tory media duly...
Ryan Bourne
7 July 2015
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With £12bn of working age welfare cuts expected in this Budget, Conservative voices are clamouring for the “Living Wage” to be used as a means of reducing in-work poverty. In the...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2015
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An unusual alliance has in recent times lined up to support a significant increase in the minimum wage to the so-called ‘Living Wage’. One argument heard by proponents on both left and...
Ryan Bourne
9 June 2015
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The Living Wage Foundation – which lobbies employers to pay £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 elsewhere – has never called for statutory implementation of its cause. It...
Philip Booth
28 May 2015
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In a recent article on CapX, Adam Memon made the case for the minimum wage to be increased to the living wage. In other words, he wishes to see the Green Party’s policies on this matter to be...
Philip Booth
21 April 2015
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Perhaps there is one thing worse than somebody who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing – it is a politician who believes that they know what the price of everything should be...
Ryan Bourne
28 October 2014
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McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile...
Ryan Bourne
16 October 2014
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Over the past 24 hours I’ve been asked to appear on three radio shows to discuss Lord Freud’s comments on people with severe disabilities and learning difficulties and the national...
Geoffrey E. Wood
24 September 2014
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We often hear when a group of lower-paid workers goes on strike that they ‘deserve more’, that they ‘need a living wage’. There is now something called the ‘London...
Len Shackleton
4 August 2014
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For a long time, Germany did not have a national minimum wage – although unions, bargaining at industry level, were able to negotiate minima which held across all firms in specific industries....
Kristian Niemietz
3 April 2014
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Most arguments in favour of a mandatory living wage, or a large hike in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), are playing to a left-wing gallery. There is the paleo-Keynesian argument that a higher NMW...
Ryan Bourne
2 April 2014
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As the economic debate has shifted away from macroeconomic outcomes to living standards, politicians across all parties have become increasingly interested in pay, particularly for those on low...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 February 2014
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The allure of minimum wage laws arises once more in both the UK and the US. While Chancellor Osborne has suggested raising the national minimum wage to £7.00, President Obama’s State of...
Steve Watt
17 December 2013
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Youth unemployment and long-term unemployment have increased dramatically in the UK since the introduction of the minimum wage. However, things could be worse. In France, on top of the minimum wage...
John H. Cochrane
30 September 2013
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Recently, on a long car trip returning from a glider contest, I did something unusual among our liberal elite: I actually went to a McDonald’s and ate there. The lady who took my order must...
W.S. Siebert
13 September 2013
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The UK’s minimum wage began in April 1999, fulfilling a promise of Blair’s new Labour government. Blair was responding to popular demand, since the Conservative government in 1993 had...
Len Shackleton
20 February 2013
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Today’s labour market figures again present a largely positive picture, with unemployment falling once more, employment rising sharply, and economic inactivity falling. But there is plenty...
Len Shackleton
11 September 2012
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Last week Ed Miliband suggested that a new Labour government could introduce a requirement for all government contractors to pay a ‘living wage’ well in excess of the national minimum...
Karthik Reddy
1 August 2011
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An oft-overlooked effect of wage floors is that they permit and even encourage various forms of discrimination. Discrimination is an unfortunate yet persistent tendency that continues to exist in...