Jones, Melanie K. Jones, Richard J. Murphy, Philip D. Sloane, Peter J.
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IZA Discussion Papers No. 1690
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn
An important policy issue is whether the National Minimum Wage (NMW) introduced in Britain in April 1999, is a stepping stone to higher wages or traps workers in a low-wage no-wage cycle. In this paper we utilise the longitudinal element of the Labour Force Survey over the period 1999 to 2003 to model transitions between different labour market states payment at or below the NMW, above the NMW, unemployment and inactivity, using a multinomial logit approach. It appears that for many workers payment at or below the NMW is of relatively short duration and a substantial number move into higher paid jobs.
national minimum wage transitions steady state distributions