Wages & Whitlam: The Wages Policy of the Whitlam Government

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Oxford University Press, 1987 - Australia - 225 pages
This study focuses on the wages policy of the Whitlam Government and its socio-economic implications. Dr. McGavin's research leads him to conclude that the Whitlam Government's wages policy was counteractive to the Government's Stated "first priorty"--employment. The reality of government-induced redistribution of national income towards labor through wages is that this reduces employment. That this occurred as a result of the policies of a government with particular commitment to the disadvantaged highlights the importance of government policy being consistent, in both conception and implementation, with economic realities.

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The Influence of the Whitlam Government on Wages
Real Wage Overhang Wages Share and Wage
An Economic Evaluation of the Implementation

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