Date of release: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Professor Dale BelmanThe minimum wage and its effects on employment and society is the focus of a free public lecture at the University of Greenwich on Thursday 7 May.

Professor Dale Belman of Michigan State University will be discussing the topic – and explaining why it remains a contentious area of policy making and academic research – in an event hosted by the university's Business School from 5pm. Registration is essential, with details below.

He suggests there is little evidence of reductions in employment in response to moderate increases in the minimum wage, some evidence that employers retain their current workers longer with higher minimum wages, and considerable evidence that the minimum wage boosts the earnings of those in the lower 20 per cent of the earnings distribution. He also contends that more research is needed on the effect of the minimum wage on poverty and on low-income families.

Professor Belman is an expert on unions and labour market regulation and has also written about the construction industry, truckers and trucking, public sector employment and low-wage work. He is president of the Institute for Construction Economics Research, and the author of What Does the Minimum Wage Do?, a review of the past decade of research into this topic, published by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in 2014.

To register for the event, which takes place in Queen Anne Court, Room 180,
please email your name, email address and organisation/department to BusinessEvents@greenwich.ac.uk All are welcome.

To find out more about studying with the Business School: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculties/business, email courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

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