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|Title:||Fiscal Effects of Minimum Wages – An Analysis for Germany |
|Authors:||Bauer, Thomas K.|
Schmidt, Christoph M.
|Issue Date:||2008 |
|Series/Report no.:||Ruhr economic papers 79|
|Abstract:||Against the background of the current discussion on the introduction of statutory minimum wages in Germany, this paper analyzes the potential employment and fiscal effects of such a policy. Based on estimated labor demand elasticities obtained from a structural labor demand model, the empirical results imply that the introduction of minimum wages in Germany will be associated with significant employment losses that are concentrated among marginal and low- and semi-skilled full-time workers. Even though minimum wages will lead to increased public revenues from income taxes and social security benefits, they will result in a significant fiscal burden, due to increased expenditures for unemployment benefits and decreased revenues from corporate taxes.|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||Ruhr Economic Papers, RWI|
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