Catherine Saget

Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
2, rue André-Pascal
Paris Cedex 16 75775
Catherine Saget has a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute (1997) on gender inequalities in labour markets of transition countries.

She worked on labour supply patterns in Central and Eastern European countries with the Centre Marc Bloch/Humboldt University, Berlin, (1997-1998). She has been working as an economist with the International Labour Organization from 1999, first working on labour demand in transition countries, then on minimum wages in developing countries.

She joined the wage unit of the Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and works on wage policy, both as a researcher and as an adviser to ILO constituents.

She has published articles in international reviews, as well as book chapters in the fields of transition labour markets, female labour supply, wage discrimination, minimum wages, employment policies and youth labour markets, in industrialized, developing and transition countries.

Dr. Saget is on leave from the ILO to work for the OECD on youth employment policy.

Focus: Development, Gender, Jobs, Poverty, Europe

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Selected Publications:


"Understanding the nature, causes and consequences of youth labour market disadvantage in South East Europe" (with Alexandre Kolev), International Labour Review, 2005, Vol. 144, No. 2, pp 161-187.

"Poverty reduction and employment in developing countries: Do minimum wages help?" International Labour Review, 2001, Vol. 140: 3, pp 237-269.

"Can the level of employment be explained by GDP growth in Transition countries? Theory versus the quality of data", Labour, Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 2000, Vol. 14: 4, pp 623-643.

"The determinants of female labour supply in Hungary", Economics of Transition, 1999, Vol. 7(3), 575-591.

"Decomposing two values of a binary variable: application to the unemployment differential in Hungary", Applied Economics, 1999, Vol. 31, 1609-21.

"La discrimination salariale dans un pays en transition: le cas de la Hongrie" in Les Travaux du Centre Marc Bloch, 1999, Vol. 3: Berlin.


"The Minimum wage: Catalyst for social dialogue or economic policy instrument?" (With François Eyraud), GB.291/ESP/5 (& Corr.) Committee on Employment and Social Committee, ILO Governing Body, November 2004 session.

"Can minimum wage policy reduce poverty?" Labour Education Review (2004), No. 134/135, pp 120-129.

"How to get the maximum out of the minimum wage?" Labour Education Review (2002), No. 128, September issue, pp67-73.


"Labour market institutions and income inequality" (with Rolph van der Hoeven) in Andrea Cornia (Eds), Inequality, Growth and Poverty in an Era of Liberalization and Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp 197-220.

"Remuneration and conditions of market for women" (1998) in Women in the World of Work, International Labour Office, Central and Eastern European Team: Budapest, pp 35-43.


The Fundamentals of Minimum Wage Fixing, with François Eyraud, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2005, also in French as L'Essentiel sur les Salaires Minimums dans le Monde, La Documentation Française, Paris, 2005.

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