Sweden: A Minimum Wage Model in Need of Modification?

THE MINIMUM WAGE REVISITED IN THE ENLARGED EU, David Vaughan-Whitehead, ed., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, US, and International Labour Office, Geneva, 2010

IFN Working Paper No. 774

33 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2011

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Per Skedinger

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Linnaeus University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: October 28, 2008

Abstract

Swedish minimum wages are not regulated by law, but subject to bargaining between employers and trade unions and form part of collective agreements. This paper provides an overview of the Swedish minimum wage system, its characteristics and effects on employment and wages, and also discusses the challenges to the model represented by increasing low-wage competition from new EU member states and the verdict in the Laval case, related to this process and the first of its kind in post-enlargement EU.

Keywords: Minimum wages, Low-wage competition, Laval case

JEL Classification: J31, J52, J61, J81

Suggested Citation

Skedinger, Per, Sweden: A Minimum Wage Model in Need of Modification? (October 28, 2008). THE MINIMUM WAGE REVISITED IN THE ENLARGED EU, David Vaughan-Whitehead, ed., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, US, and International Labour Office, Geneva, 2010, IFN Working Paper No. 774, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762036

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Linnaeus University - School of Business and Economics ( email )

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