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Minimum Wage Developments and Debate

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:30 to 12:00

Minimum Wage Developments and Debate

Dr Kerry Papps, Senior Lecturer in Economics, 
University of Bath
12.30pm-2pm, Thursday 7 December, RHLT3, Rutherford House, 33 Bunny Street, Wellington (NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE)

There has been a resurgence in the popularity and acceptance of the minimum wage as a labour market policy tool in Europe in recent years. The UK introduced a new “National Living Wage” for those aged 25 and over in 2016 and Germany established a national minimum wage for the first time in 2015. Kerry will talk about recent developments regarding minimum wages in Europe and the ongoing policy debate on the topic. He will also talk about the empirical evidence that he and other researchers have uncovered on the effects of minimum wages on employment, profits, prices and other aspects of how the labour market functions.

BIO: Kerry Papps joined the University of Bath in 2011 and became a senior lecturer in 2013.  He undertook his undergraduate education in New Zealand and worked for the New Zealand Department of Labour before completing a PhD at Cornell University, where he held a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2007-2010 he was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and in 2011 was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University.  He has held short-term research posts at Motu Economics and Public Policy and Imperial College London. Kerry is a research fellow of the IZA, Bonn and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he is an associate member of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy at Bath.  He has been commissioned to provide research for the World Bank and the Low Pay Commission.

The seminar is free to the public, and there is no need to register to attend.

Event Address
Lecture Theatre 3, Rutherford House, 33 Bunny St, Victoria University Pipitea Campus
New Zealand