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Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands
edited by Weimer Salverda, Maarten Van Klaveren and Marc Van Der Meer
Russell Sage Foundation, 2008
eISBN: 978-1-61044-484-2 | Paper: 978-0-87154-770-5
Library of Congress Classification HD8516.5.L69 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 331.79809492


The Dutch economy has often been heralded for accomplishing solid employment growth within a generous welfare system. In recent years, the Netherlands has seen a rise in low-wage work and has maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the European Union. Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands narrows in on the causes and consequences of this new development. The authors find that the increase in low-wage work can be partly attributed to a steep rise in the number of part-time jobs and non-standard work contracts—46 percent of Dutch workers hold part-time jobs. The decline in full-time work has challenged historically powerful Dutch unions and has led to a slow but steady dismantling of many social insurance programs from 1979 onward. At the same time, there are hopeful lessons to be gleaned from the Dutch model: low-wage workers benefit from a well-developed system of income transfers, and many move on to higher paying jobs. Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands paints a nuanced picture of the Dutch economy by analyzing institutions that both support and challenge its low-wage workforce.

A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Case Studies of Job Quality in Advanced Economies

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