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‪Les politiques de lutte contre le travail à bas salaire‪. Ce que nous enseigne l’expérience américaine


  • Paul Osterman
  • Hélène Boisson


In the American labour market 20 % to 30 % of workers hold a low wage job (depending on the threshold utilized to define low wages). These jobs are mainly in the service sector, but include a large number of sectors and occupations. Given these magnitudes reducing the size of the low wage sector is an important goal for public policy. These policies include minimum wage and standard setting policies, as well as trade unions. Innovative policies have also been developed at the local level: organizing efforts by community organizations and worker centers, living wage ordinances that set decent wages that apply to local governments or their subcontractors, and linkages between wages and economic development incentives.

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  • Paul Osterman & Hélène Boisson, 2015. "‪Les politiques de lutte contre le travail à bas salaire‪. Ce que nous enseigne l’expérience américaine," Revue Tiers-Monde, Armand Colin, vol. 0(2), pages 9-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:rtmarc:te_142_0009

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