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The French food-processing model: High relative wages and high work intensity

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  • Eve Caroli

    () (EconomiX - UPN - Université Paris Nanterre - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, PJSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris, PSE - Paris School of Economics)

  • Jérôme Gautié

    () (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Annie Lamanthe

    () (LEST - Laboratoire d'économie et de sociologie du travail - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

Abstract

The authors examine wages and working conditions in meat processing and confectionery in France. Working there may not require much skill, or command good wages and working conditions, but this article reveals a more complex, positive situation than expected, thanks to the "French model's" national minimum wage and the extension of collective wage agreements to all workers in the sector. But pressures to lower labour costs are still felt, and the firms examined must meet pressures to increase productivity, flexibility and automation. Moreover, retail chains also seek to lower prices and impose just-in-time production.

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  • Eve Caroli & Jérôme Gautié & Annie Lamanthe, 2009. "The French food-processing model: High relative wages and high work intensity," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00462294, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:cesptp:halshs-00462294
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    1. Eve Caroli & Jérôme Gautié & Philippe Askenazy, 2008. "Low-wage work and labor market institutions in france," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-00266376, HAL.
    2. Jérôme Gautié & Schmitt John, 2010. "Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World," Post-Print halshs-00464352, HAL.
    3. Herwig Immervoll, 2007. "Minimum Wages, Minimum Labour Costs and the Tax Treatment of Low-Wage Employment," OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers 46, OECD Publishing.
    4. Jérôme Gautié & Schmitt John, 2010. "Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00464352, HAL.
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    Keywords

    food processing; low wage : temporary contracts; flexibility; working conditions; work intensity;

    JEL classification:

    • L66 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Food; Beverages; Cosmetics; Tobacco
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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