Economics of Employment Rights Publications

Undermining Construction: The Corrosive Effects of False Self-Employment

by Dr Mark Harvey

Published in November 2001

According to the evidence in this report, between 300,000 and 400,000 building workers are falsely registered as self-employed due to the complicated and inadequate system of tax and employment regulation currently operating in the industry.

Social Justice and Economic Efficiency

published in association with the Cambridge Journal of Economics

Published on October 2000

Labour market deregulation is part of the neo-liberal economic experiment that has dominated the political agenda over the past two decades. This agenda has encouraged the growth of the ‘flexible’ labour market and placed at centre stage the concept of the management’s right to manage.
But has this agenda led to improvements in economic efficiency or social justice? According to this report the answer to both must be no. Productive inefficiency often results from managerial inadequacies, the results of which are often reflected in the intensification of work, reduced terms and conditions, redundancies and unemployment. Boosting management’s right to manage not only allows greater scope for these inadequacies but can also make things worse by reducing workplace co-operation and creating conflict.

Low pay, the working of the labour market and the role of the minimum wage

by Sanjiv Sachdev and Frank Wilkinson

Published in May 1998

The authors highlight the positive contribution a national minimum wage can make to the economy if set at a high enough level. They provide figures about the effects of a minimum wage across different industries and occupations. The authors refute the argument that a NMW will cause job losses or inflation and warn that setting a minimum wage too low may deal with the worst excesses of employer power but will fail to tackle the economic problems underpinning the economy.



Labour standards – essential to economic and social progress

by Simon Deakin and Frank Wilkinson

Published in May 1996

Cambridge economists argue that an essential ingredient of a successful economy is fair treatment for the workforce based on decent wages and conditions including employment laws in line with best international practice. They conclude that Britain cannot compete with the Asian Tiger economies on the basis of low wages and non-existent rights at work.

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Deregulation and privatisation – the case of the London Dockers

by Roy Mankelow Published in April 1996

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Towards The Insecurity Society: The Tax Trap of Self-Employment

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by Dr Mark Harvey Published in October 1995
The author, a Senior Research Associate at the International Centre for Labour Studies, University of Manchester, shows how the phenomenal growth of bogus self employment practices undermines workers’ rights and the Welfare State.





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