Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172600
Authors: 
Drescher, Franziska
Buer, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Wirtschaftsdienst [ISSN:] 1613-978X [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 95 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 5 [Pages:] 359-363
Abstract: 
Die Einführung des gesetzlichen Mindestlohns zum 1. Januar 2015 wurde zum Teil heftig kritisiert. Besonders der Hotellerie- und Gastronomiebereich sah gravierende Probleme auf sich zukommen. Die Erwartungen dieser Branche wurden in einer empirischen Untersuchung aufgrund einer umfassenden Befragung spezifiziert. Dabei spiegeln sich branchenspezifische und regionale Unterschiede wider. Der Westen ist weniger betroffen als der Osten und der Norden weniger als der Süden.
Abstract (Translated): 
On 1 January 2015 a minimum wage of 8.50 euros per working hour was implemented in Germany. The hotel and restaurant industry, as a service-intensive sector, is especially affected. To study the economic impact of the minimum wage, an online survey with 1,512 hoteliers and gastronomers was conducted. The results show that no negative effects on the total number of employees are anticipated, but the participants do expect a changing staff structure. The expected economic impact depends on branch, region and company size. Most entrepreneurs plan to compensate for the extra costs by increasing prices. The participants considered the greatest challenges to be the documentation obligation of the daily working time and the implementation effort - more so than the extra wage costs. In total, the sector holds unfavourable attitudes towards the minimum wage, with hoteliers less negative than gastronomers, and entrepreneurs in the north and west less negative than those in the south and east of Germany.
JEL: 
E24
J31
M20
M50
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Article
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