Wages in Latin-America since the 1950s / 1960s

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Event Date : 30 Oct, 2017 - 31 Oct, 2017

Summary :

The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of the Republic of Uruguay and the Wage Project, in collaboration with the International Labour Office and the MESHS Lille (France), are organising an international symposium on: 'Wages in Latin America since the 1950s /60s'.

Deadline for proposals: 10 September 2017.

Wages in Latin-America since the 1950s / 1960s Details

Venue :
Universidad de la Republica, Faculty of Social Sciences
City :
Country :
Organiser :
Name: Mr Chelini Michel-Pierre, Email: mpchelini@gmail.com, Institution: University of Artois (France)

The symposium aims at:

  • A general scientific inventory on the subject (by sampling themes)
  • The establishment of a coordinated cross-country research program under the WAGE project
  • A targeted partnership with companies and entrepreneurs: a concrete analysis of the wage strategy of companies (surveys) and of professional and employers' unions

The main themes of the symposium are:

  1. Evolution of average wages and their modalities of dispersion since the 1950s / 60s
  2. Relations between skills and wages (especially for young people and women)
  3. Role of the wage differential in migration processes (internal / external).

The Latin American countries present a number of specific wage characteristics: a certain heterogeneity and unequal differentiation of available data, an annual average increase since the 2000s higher than that of the advanced countries, almost until 2015, but lower than that of the countries, significant gender wage gap, a high Gini coefficient, a certain weight of migration issues in national labour markets, the strained question of employability and wages of young people, some complexity in labour relations

Interested researchers, colleagues and doctoral candidates should contact the organisers before 10 September 2017, and send a paper proposal (short summary of less than one page) with a CV.


  • Submission of paper proposals: before 10 September 2017
  • Finalisation of the selected proposals: 20 September 2017
  • Send of a summary and PowerPoint presentation by the communicants to the organisers: 15 October 2017.
  • Colloquium: 30-31 October 2017

Submissions should be sent jointly to the following contacts:
Professor Michel-Pierre Chélini, Université d’Artois
Professor Maria-Magdalena Camou, Universidad de la Republica
Professor Silvana Maubrigades, Universidad de la Republica:

Language: English.  Papers in Spanish can be accepted, but have to be presented in English

Support: the speakers and participants must pay the costs of their journey; there is the possibility of support for accommodation.

Steering committee:
Leonid Borodkin, University Lomonossov Moscow, Russia
Maria-Magdalena Camou, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay
Michel-Pierre Chélini, Université d’Artois, Arras, France 
Aomar Ibourk, Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morroco
Silvana Maubrigades, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay
Humberto Morales, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

Network and project WAGE:
One organiser of the symposium, the international research group WAGE, was founded in 2015 and groups several European and non-European universities- The Geneva ILO is currently its main institutional partner- It is working specifically on wage inequalities and on the international convergence of wages over the long term- It has already benefited from the support of the National Agency for Research (France), the ANR, in 2015-17.


  1. Examine the role of wages in global economic growth since the 1950s (payroll: 50% of GDP and 70% of household income in advanced countries, 35/40% of GDP and 50% of household income in emerging countries) by incorporating studies on emerging countries and former socialist countries.
  2. Evaluate the possibilities and conditions of wage convergence both intra-continental and intercontinental- A phenomena of convergence is already observed worldwide by the Global Wage Report 2014-15, p- 20- Cf- HOS theorem on the trend equalization of factor costs and income with equal qualifications- [For example, average inter-state wage differentials within Europe: from 1 to 6 nominal and 1 to 2.5 / 3 in PPPs].
  3. Quantify and qualify the role of this wage differential in migratory movements and economic competition- Do the statistical discrepancies consistently reflect socio-economic disparities? (Necessary comparison with Gini index, D9 / D1 gap, gender gap, minimum wage etc.).
  4. Analysis of wage strategies: strategy of companies (and professional unions) with the establishment of programs of research with the entrepreneurs, evolution of the industrial relations, public policies of the wages.
  5. Contributing to a reduction in wage inequalities in general, with a view to better regional, national, continental social cohesion and possible additional growth.

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