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Nothing New under the Sun: The Prescience of W. S. Sanders' 1906 Fabian Tract


  • David Metcalf


In order to understand the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW) on pay, employment and other variables, the Low Pay Commission studies pay setting, coverage of the NMW, competitive versus monopsonistic labour markets, non-compliance, offsets and the interaction between the NMW and the social security system. But similar issues were analysed a century ago by Fabian and other writers. In particular, the 18-page 1906 Tract by W. S. Sanders - the first ever call for a "national" minimum wage - anticipated all the present debates. That tract is examined here. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.

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  • David Metcalf, 2009. "Nothing New under the Sun: The Prescience of W. S. Sanders' 1906 Fabian Tract," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 47(2), pages 289-305, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:47:y:2009:i:2:p:289-305

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    1. Sheila C. Blackburn, 2009. "Curse or Cure? Why Was the Enactment of Britain's 1909 Trade Boards Act so Controversial?," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 47(2), pages 214-239, June.
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