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In Colombia, the indexation percentage is high and is usually tied to two main indicators: the previous year's inflation and the increase in the minimum wage for the current year. Indexation through inflation would impact 30.5% of the basket and through the minimum wage 27.9% of the basket.

At this time, talks on the minimum wage increase for the year 2024 have already begun and this decision affects formal workers directly and indirectly all workers, as the minimum wage is fundamental to the country's economy

The Mexican economy has shown better performance than expected, partly explained by the labor market's strength. According to the National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (ENIGH), job creation and wage improvements have been more rel…

GDP growth is revised upwards in 2022 and 2023 to 5.5% and 1.6%, respectively, and downwards in 2024 to 2.6%. The Spanish economy is holding up better than expected, although persistent inflation and the expectation of higher interest rates wor…

Increases in the national minimum wage (SMI) are excellent news in economies in which productivity is growing and employment rates are high. However, there needs to be an awareness of the costs and benefits of the measure, which regrettably are…

The minimum wage policy has been insufficient to attack the structural problems of the labor market. It has eclipsed the need to discuss more structural aspects of the economy that allow for a more robust labor market and a horizon for creating jobs with better remuneration.

A monetary policy that carries the reference interest rate to an excessively restrictive terrain in a context where long-term inflation expectations remain well anchored can have counterproductive effects.

On June 7, 2022, the European Parliament and EU Member States reached an agreement on the Directive on adequate minimum wages. Despite the arrival of this Directive, differences in minimum wages between EU Member States will continue to exist f…

Now that the minimum wage approaches the target level of 60% of the average salary, we need to rethink employment and training policies. If we don’t, the unemployment rate, investment and productivity growth could all take a hit.

The empirical evidence on the minimum wage provokes a heated debate on its increases and the need to differentiate it according to age and work experience, or region.

When increases in the minimum wage are determined based on the evolution of productivity and employment, a high minimum wage reflects—in the long-term—the good health of the economy, competition in its markets, its productive capacity and a high standard of living.

Last December an increase of 20% was announced for minimum wages for this year. This will obviously mean an increase in the standard of living of those workers who perceive it: about a million people, according to the National Survey of Occupation and Employment (ENOE).