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dc.contributor.authorMarx, Iveen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarchal, Sarahen_US
dc.contributor.authorNolan, Brianen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-22en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-15T07:58:23Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-15T07:58:23Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-201208096248-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/58937-
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on the role of minimum wages, tax and benefit policies in protecting workers against financial poverty, covering 21 European countries with a national minimum wage and three US States (New Jersey, Nebraska and Texas). It is shown that only for single persons and only in a number of countries, net income packages at minimum wage level reach or exceed the EU's at-risk-of poverty threshold, set at 60 per cent of median equivalent household income in each country. For lone parents and sole breadwinners with a partner and children to support, net income packages at minimum wage are below this threshold almost everywhere, usually by a wide margin. This is the case despite shifts over the past decade towards tax relief and additional income support provisions for low-paid workers. We argue that there appear to be limits to what minimum wage policies alone can achieve in the fight against in-work poverty. The route of raising minimum wages to eliminate poverty among workers solely reliant on it seems to be inherently constrained, especially in countries where the distance between minimum and average wage levels is already comparatively small and where relative poverty thresholds are mostly a function of the dual-earner living standards. In order to fight in-work poverty new policy routes need to be explored. The paper offers a brief discussion of possible alternatives and cautions against 'one size fits all' policy solutions.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6510en_US
dc.subject.jelI3en_US
dc.subject.jelH2en_US
dc.subject.jelJ8en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordminimum wageen_US
dc.subject.keywordpovertyen_US
dc.subject.keywordtaxesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial transfersen_US
dc.subject.keywordsubsidiesen_US
dc.subject.stwMindestlohnen_US
dc.subject.stwWirkungsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwHaushaltseinkommenen_US
dc.subject.stwArmuten_US
dc.subject.stwEU-Staatenen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleMind the gap: Net incomes of minimum wage workers in the EU and the USen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn715985558en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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