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Nothing new under the sun: the prescience of W. S. Sanders' 1906 Fabian Tract

Metcalf, David (2009) Nothing new under the sun: the prescience of W. S. Sanders' 1906 Fabian Tract. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (2). pp. 289-305. ISSN 0007-1080

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Abstract

In order to understand the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW) on pay, employment and other variables, the Low Pay Commission studies pay setting, coverage of the NMW, competitive versus monopsonistic labour markets, non-compliance, offsets and the interaction between the NMW and the social security system. But similar issues were analysed a century ago by Fabian and other writers. In particular, the 18-page 1906 Tract by W. S. Sanders — the first ever call for a national minimum wage — anticipated all the present debates. That tract is examined here.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2009 Wiley-Blackwell
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 11:22
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30448/

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