Labor Markets, Institutions and Inequality

Date: May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20 at 3 p.m. ET, the Economic Policy Institute and the International Labour Organization invite you to a presentation and discussion on the book, “Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality: Building just societies in the 21st century”. The rise in inequality, which has affected both the distribution of income between capital and labour, and among families and individuals, has prompted debates on the causes and possible remedies. This new edited volume, based on the findings of International Labour Organization experts, is about remedies.

It argues that to reduce inequality, countries must strengthen their labour market institutions, defined broadly to include the more familiar institutions that regulate the workplace – collective bargaining, minimum wages, the type of employment contract and working-time regulations– as well as institutions that redistribute income, such as pensions, income support for the unemployed and the poor, and public social services. Because work is by far the most important source of household income for non-retired households, the book also considers full employment policies in its analysis.

Introductory Remarks:
Nancy Donaldson, Director of the Washington Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Janine Berg, Senior Economist, ILO
Susan Hayter, Senior Industrial Relations Specialist, ILO

Damon Silvers, Director of Policy for the AFL-CIO

Josh Bivens, Research and Policy Director of the Economic Policy Institute

Presentation and discussion of “Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality: Building just societies in the 21st century”

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 3 p.m.—4:30 p.m.

Where: Economic Policy Institute
1333 H St NW, Suite 300 East Tower
Wellstone Room
Washington, DC 20005

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