Klara Stoviček, European Commission
Minimum wages in Slovenia: Reducing employment but not poverty?(463 kB)
(Country Focus. 4. June 2013.
Brussels. PDF. 8pp. Tab. Graph. Ann. Free.)
KC-XA-13-004-EN-N ISBN: 978-92-79-28435-9 ISSN: 1725-8375
The study analyses the minimum wage in Slovenia in the context of efficiency and poverty concerns.
This Country Focus discusses the minimum wage in Slovenia in the context of efficiency and poverty concerns. Following the hike in the minimum wage in 2010, Slovenia is now among the EU countries with the highest minimum wage relative to the average wage in both gross and net terms. However, the net income of single minimum wage earners does not surpass the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. This Country Focus tries to reconcile some of these results that appear contradictory at first sight. In addition, it discusses whether the minimum wage is the right tool to address poverty concerns.
JEL classification: I3, J22, J23, J31, D31