[Journal:] Baltic Journal of Economics [ISSN:] 2334-4385 [Volume:] 21 [Issue:] 1 [Publisher:] Taylor & Francis [Place:] London [Year:] 2021 [Pages:] 43-59
Taylor & Francis, London
This article analyses the effects of minimum wage on employment in the Czech and Slovak Republics based on 2005-17 EU-SILC data. Our results contribute to the scant literature on minimum wage effects in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. While prior empirical findings concurred with the effects of minimum wage on labour market outcomes in CEE countries when the minimum wage is relatively high, there is ambiguity when the minimum wage is relatively low. In Slovakia we find that regular minimum wage hikes had insignificant effects on employment. Similarly, we find no negative employment consequences from irregular hikes in the comparatively low minimum wage (MW) of the Czech Republic. Moreover, the groups assumed to be most affected by MW hikes did not experience greater negative consequences following hikes when compared to the overall population of workers in either country.
Central and Eastern European region employment EU-SILC data Minimum wage unemployment