Living Wages, Equal Wages: Gender and Labour Market Policies in the United States

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The controversial issue of establishing living wages for all workers makes this book both a timely and indispensable contribution to this wide-ranging debate, and it will surely become required reading for anyone with an interest in modern economic issues.
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'This book addresses an issue that is particularly timely after years of growing income inequality and draconian decreases in welfare support for single mothers which is likely to work increasing hardship as unemployment rises. The authors deserve credit for making it clear throughout that their concern is not so much with economics, as practised by neoclassical economists, as with political economy. The difference, as they make clear, is that the former takes full cognizance of the importance of social conditions and government policies, not merely market forces, in determining wages. This is an important lesson for an economics profession that has tended to resist any efforts to improve upon a wage structure that rewards some with riches beyond the dreams of avarice and leaves others destitute.' - Marianne Ferber, Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, USA
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Pt. I Laying the groundwork: methodological frameworks and theoretical perspectives 1
1 Introduction: living wages, equal wages, and the value of women's work 3
2 Waged work in the twentieth century 16
3 Two faces of wages within the economics tradition: wages as a living, wages as a price 34
4 The third face: wages as a social practice 52
Pt. II Wage regulations in the twentieth century 65
5 An experiment in wage regulation: minimum wages for women 67
6 A living for breadwinners: the federal minimum wage 91
7 Job evaluation and the ideology of equal pay 120
8 Legislating equal wages 143
Pt. III The century ahead 177
9 Living wages, equal wages revisited: contemporary movements and policy initiatives 179
10 Applying feminist political economy to wage setting 208
Notes 221
References 231
Index 252
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