Global Trends in Wages, Causes and Effects on Growth Business School

Friday 22 March 2013
2pm - 5pm

The University of Greenwich's Work and Employment Research Unit welcomes you to a debate on the 2012 Global Wage Report of the ILO featuring one of the lead authors of the report, Dr. Sangheon Lee of the ILO, and the authors of the two background projects for the report, Professor Engelbert Stockhammer and Professor Ozlem Onaran. The discussion will open with contributions from Bill Wells, Deputy Director Labour Market Directorate, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and Nicola Smith, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department of the Trades Union Congress. There has been a significant decline in the share of wages in GDP in both the developed and developing countries following the 1980s; the Global Recession of 2007-2013 has further enhanced this trend. Why have wage shares fallen? What happens to global growth and employment when the wage shares fall? We look forward to a lively debate on these questions to address some of the most urgent policy issues of the post-crisis era, and in particular implications for wage and labour market policies to foster global recovery and job creation.


Global Wage Report, Dr. Sangheon Lee, ILO, Research and Policy Coordinator, Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, International Labour Office

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Why have wage shares fallen? Professor Engelbert Stockhammer, Kingston University

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What happens to global growth when the wage shares fall? Professor Ozlem Onaran, University of Greenwich, with Giorgos Galanis

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Professor Geoffrey White, University of Greenwich

Bill Wells, Deputy Director of the Labour Market Directorate of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, UK

Nicola Smith, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department, TUC

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22 March 2pm-5pm


Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ


This workshop is being hosted in Hamilton House, located a short walk from our Greenwich Campus, Old Royal Naval College. Hamilton House promotes excellent transport links from both Overground and DLR trains.

Hamilton House is located opposite the Royal Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park will be host to Olympic and Paralympic Equestrian competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Borough of Greenwich is steeped in history. East meets West on the Meridian Line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated.

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