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Fair Wages and Social Welfare


  • Fritz Helmedag

    () (Technische Universit├Ąt Chemnitz)


Based on considerations concerning justice, average and minimum wages as well as unemployment aid are determined. The derived guidelines refer to net product and reflect 'reasonable' proportions between the income categories. Thus, deviations from the suggested principles may be classified as inappropriate.

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  • Fritz Helmedag, 2010. "Fair Wages and Social Welfare," Journal of Income Distribution, Journal of Income Distribution, vol. 19(3-4), pages 3-8, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2010:v:19:i:3-4:p:3-8

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    1. Dollar, David & Kraay, Aart, 2002. "Growth Is Good for the Poor," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 7(3), pages 195-225, September.
    2. Alberto Alesina & Dani Rodrik, 1994. "Distributive Politics and Economic Growth," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 109(2), pages 465-490.
    3. Alan S. Blinder, 1973. "Wage Discrimination: Reduced Form and Structural Estimates," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 8(4), pages 436-455.
    4. Kristin J. Forbes, 2000. "A Reassessment of the Relationship between Inequality and Growth," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(4), pages 869-887, September.
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    fair wages; minimum wages; social welfare;

    JEL classification:

    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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