Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33390
Authors: 
Adams, Scott
Neumark, David
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1566
Abstract: 
Living wage campaigns have succeeded in about 100 jurisdictions in the United States but have also been unsuccessful in numerous cities. These unsuccessful campaigns provide a better control group or counterfactual for estimating the effects of living wage laws than the broader set of all cities without a law, and also permit the separate estimation of the effects of living wage laws and living wage campaigns. We find that living wage laws raise wages of low-wage workers but reduce employment among the least-skilled, especially when the laws cover business assistance recipients or are accompanied by similar laws in nearby cities.
Subjects: 
living wages
wages
employment
JEL: 
J28
J38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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