Living Wages Around the World: Manual for Measurement

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Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 27, 2017 - Business & Economics - 392 pages

This manual describes a new methodology to measure a decent but basic standard of living in different countries and how much workers need to earn to afford this, making it possible for researchers to estimate comparable living wages around the world and determine gaps between living wages and prevailing wages, even in countries with limited secondary data.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Overview of the Anker living wage methodology
17
SECTION I COST OF A BASIC BUT DECENT LIFE FOR WORKER AND FAMILY
31
3 Model diet for a living wage
33
4 Local food prices
86
5 Local housing standard for a living wage
113
6 Local cost of decent housing for a living wage
148
7 Nonfoodand nonhousing costs
169
13 Number of workers per family
247
14 Take home pay required and taking statutory deductions into account
263
SECTION III PREVAILING WAGES AND GAPS TO ALIVING WAGE
267
15 Measuring prevailing wages to compare to a living wage
269
16 In kind benefits as partial payment of a living wage
281
Wage ladder and wage trends
307
SECTION IV TYPICAL LIVING WAGE REPORT AND UPDATING A LIVING WAGE ESTIMATE
323
18 Suggested outline of a living wage report
325

Introduction
197
9 Health care cost rapid assessment post check
206
10 Education cost rapid assessment post check
214
11 Provision for unexpected events and sustainability
229
12 Family size for a living wage
231
SECTION II ESTIMATING A LIVING WAGE
245
19 Summary tables to include in a living wage report
336
20 Updating a living wage estimate
339
Bibliography
343
Index
361
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Richard Anker, Senior Research Fellow, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, formerly with the International Labour Organization and Martha Anker, Independent Researcher, formerly of the World Health Organization and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, US