This project is intended to stimulate research co-operation on the topic how employment growth of low qualified and badly paid can be reached without inducing a working poor effect. In this project, 5 topics are central: the role of private consumption for the employment of low skilled, an improvement of the quality of services by professionalisation, the effects of shifts in the economic structure on the employment of low qualified, the role of qualification and training as a stepping stone out of low wage employment, and employer behaviour with respect to low wage employees

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals


Europäische Kommission , Brüssel , BE

Project duration

01.04.2000 - 30.04.2004

Project members

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick (Coordinator)

Cooperation partner

Stephen Machin, Jonathan Wadsworth, Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK
Ive Marx, Centre for Social Policy, Antwerpen, BE
Gerard Hughes, Brian Nolan, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, IE
Stephen Bazen, GRAPE, Université Montesquieu IV, Bordeaux, FR
Andrew Glyn, Mary Gregory, Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Abigail McKnight, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK
Nicholas Burkitt, Low Pay Unit, London, UK
Andries de Grip, Research-Centrum Onderwijs-Arbeidsmarkt, Maastricht, NL
Dr. Rita Asplund, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, Helsinki, FI
Ana Cardoso, Universidade do Minho, Braga, PT
Wiemer Salverda, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
Ronald Schettkat, Universität Utrecht, Utrecht, NL
Peter Sloane, Ioannis Theodossiou, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, GB
Claudio Lucifora, Istituto di Economia dell Impresa e del Lavoro, Università Cattolica, Mailand, IT
Maarten Wolbers, Research-Centrum Onderwijs-Arbeidsmarkt, Maastricht, NL