Low-Wage Work in Denmark

Low-Wage Work in Denmark

by Niels Westergaard-Nielsen (Editor)


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The Danish economy offers a dose of American labor market flexibility inside a European welfare state. The Danish government allows employers a relatively high level of freedom to dismiss workers, but also provides generous unemployment insurance. Widespread union coverage and an active system of collective bargaining help regulate working conditions in the absence of strong government regulation. Denmark's rate of low-wage work—8.5 percent—is the lowest of the five countries under analysis. In Low-Wage Work in Denmark, a team of Danish researchers combines comprehensive national registry data with detailed case studies of five industries to explore why low-end jobs are so different in Denmark. Some jobs that are low-paying in the United States, including hotel maids and meat processors, though still demanding, are much more highly compensated in Denmark. And Danes, unlike American workers, do not stay in low-wage jobs for long. Many go on to higher paying jobs, while a significant minority ends up relying temporarily on income support and benefits sustained by one of the highest tax rates in the world. Low-Wage Work in Denmark provides an insightful look at the particularities of the Danish labor market and the lessons it holds for both the United States and the rest of Europe. A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Case Studies of Job Quality in Advanced Economies

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871548962
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Russell Sage Foundation Case Studies of Job Quality in Advanced Economies Series
Pages: 319
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

NIELS WESTERGAARD-NIELSEN is professor of economics at the School of Business, University of Aarhus.

Table of Contents

{FMT}Contents{/FMT} {FM}About the Authors Foreword Eric Wanner{/FM} {CHAPS} Introduction: The Danish Story Robert Solow Chapter 1. Low-Wage Work in Denmark Niels Westergaard-Nielsen Chapter 2. Statistical Analysis and History of Low-Wage Work in Denmark Niels Westergaard-Nielsen Chapter 3. Feeling the Gale or Enjoying a Breeze in the Eye of the Storm? The Consequences of Globalization for Work and Workers in the Danish Food-Processing Industry Lars Esbjerg and Klaus G. Grunert Chapter 4. Working in Danish Retailing: Transitional Workers Going Elsewhere, Core Employees Going Nowhere, and Career-Seekers Striving to Go Somewhere Lars Esbjerg, Klaus G. Grunert, Nuka Buck, and Anne-Mette Sonne Andersen Chapter 5. Restructuring Meets Flexicurity: Housekeeping Work in Danish Hotels Tor Eriksson and Jingkun Li Chapter 6. The Upgrading of Skills of Nursing Assistants and Cleaning Staff in the Danish Public-Sector Hospitals Jacob K. Eskildsen and Ann-Kristina Løkke Nielsen Chapter 7. Pay and Job Quality in Danish Call Centers Ole Henning Sørensen{/CHAPS} {BM}References Index{/BM}

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