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The national minimum wage debate: looking beyond a narrow focus on labour markets

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The national minimum wage debate: looking beyond a narrow focus on labour markets

17th March 2015

By: Econ3x3

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Most contributions to the debate on a national minimum wage adopt a narrow view of labour markets and accept that the structure of the economy will remain essentially as it is. We question both of these assumptions. Further, we argue that a national minimum wage, at a level to be determined through careful research, must be part of a well-designed package of longer-term policy reforms that look beyond the labour market and support employment growth through investment.

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Written by Gilad Isaacs, Researcher, CSID, University of Witwatersrand; and Ben Fine, Professor, SOAS, University of London

This article was first published on the Econ3x3 website – Accessible policy-relevant research and expert commentaries on unemployment and employment, income distribution and inclusive growth in South Africa.

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