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Title:Minimum wage increases under straightened circumstances PDF Logo
Authors:Addison, John T.
Blackburn, McKinley L.
Cotti, Chad
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6036
Abstract:Do apparently large minimum wage increases in an environment of recession produce clearer evidence of disemployment effects than is typically observed in the new minimum wage literature? This paper augments the sparse literature on the most recent increases in the U.S. minimum wage, using three different data sets and the two main estimation strategies for handling geographically-disparate trends. The evidence is generally unsupportive of negative employment effects, still less of a 'recessionary multiplier.' Minimum wage workers seem to be concentrated in sectors of the economy for which the labor demand response to wage mandates is minimal.
Subjects:minimum wages
disemployment
earnings
low-wage sectors
geographically-disparate employment trends
recession
JEL:J2
J3
J4
J8
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201110263808
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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