On-going projects

The Swedish Minimum Wage System

The aim of this project is to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, as well as examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes.

Project manager: Per Skedinger
Participants: Per Lundborg, Stockholm University

Very little is known about the complex minimum wage systems in the countries where minimum wages are set through collective bargaining between employers and unions, i.e., the Scandinavian countries, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The aim of this project is to provide information about the levels and differentiation of minimum wages in Sweden, examine the effects of minimum wages on employment and other outcomes and to discuss possible consequences of increasing competition from low-wage countries, including the new EU member states.

Specifically, the project considers the effects of minimum wages on employment in the retail industry as well as the impact of minimum wages on the labour market performance of refugee immigrants.

Period: 2005-



Scientific articles

Lundborg, Per och Per Skedinger (2016). ”Employer attitudes towards refugee immigrants: Findings from a Swedish survey”. International Labour Review, 155, 315–337.

Skedinger, Per (2016). ”Työmarkkinat Suomessa ja Ruotsissa – ruotsalainen näkökulma”, Talous & Yhteiskunta, 2, 10–17.

Skedinger, Per (2015). "Employment effects of union-bargained minimum wages: Evidence from Sweden´s retail sector”, International Journal of Manpower, 36, 694-720.

Skedinger, Per (2010), ”Sweden: A minimum wage model in need of modification”, in Vaughan-Whitehead, D (ed), The Minimum Wage Revisited in the Enlarged EU, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, US.

Skedinger, Per (2006), "Minimum wages and employment in Swedish hotels and restaurants," Labour Economics, 13, 259–290.


Working Papers and reports in Swedish

Calmfors, Lars, Petter Danielsson, Ann-Sofie Kolm, Tuomas Pekkarinen och Per Skedinger (2016). Arbetsmarknadsekonomisk rapport. Dags för större lönespridning? Arbetsmarknadsekonomiska rådet, Stockholm.

Skedinger, Per (2014). Lönedynamik bland lågavlönade, underlagsrapport till Lönebildningsrapporten 2014. Konjunkturinstitutet.

Lundborg, Per and Per Skedinger (2014). Minimum wages and the integration of refugee immigrants. IFN Working Paper No. 1017.

Skedinger, Per (2012). Minimilöner i tjänstesektorn. I Jordahl, Henrik (red.), Den svenska tjänstesektorn. Studentlitteratur, Lund.

Skedinger, Per (2012). Minimilöner i EU – särlösningar eller gemensam reglering? Under utgivning i Bakardjieva–Engelbrekt, A, Oxelheim, L och Persson, T, (red.), Arbetslöshet, migrationspolitik och nationalism – hot mot EU:s sammanhållning? Europaperspektiv. Santérus Förlag.

Skedinger, Per (2012). Tudelad trygghet. Under utgivning i Pettersson, L–O och Teodorescu, A (red.), Jobben kommer och går – behovet av trygghet består. Ekerlids Förlag, Stockholm.

Skedinger, Per och Magnus Carlsson (2011). Reglering eller diskriminering – vad hindrar etablering? FORES Studie 2011:4, FORES, Stockholm.

Skedinger, Per (2008). En exkluderande arbetsmarknadsmodell? Den svenska arbetsmarknadens trösklar i ett globalt perspektiv. Underlagsrapport nr 24 till Globaliseringsrådet, Utbildningsdepartementet, Stockholm.

Skedinger, Per (2007). "The design and effects of collectively agreed minimum wages: Evidence from Sweden," IFN Working Paper No. 700.

Skedinger, Per (2005). "Hur höga är minimilönerna?" IFAU Report 2005:18, IFAU, Uppsala.


Articles in Swedish journals

Skedinger, Per (2013). "Låglönekonkurrens och lönereglering i ett nordiskt perspektiv". Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift, 66, 149-158.

Skedinger, Per (2007), "Minimilöners effekter på löner och sysselsättning - en översikt," Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv, Vol. 13, No. 2.

Skedinger, Per (2006), "Svenska minimilöner i den globaliserade ekonomin," Ekonomisk Debatt, Vol. 34, No. 4, 63-77.





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