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Title:The effects of living wage laws: evidence from failed and derailed living wage campaigns PDF Logo
Authors:Adams, Scott
Neumark, David
Issue Date: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
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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