Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35158
Authors: 
Addison, John T.
Blackburn, McKinley L.
Cotti, Chad D.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3597
Abstract: 
This paper examines the impact of minimum wages on earnings and employment in selected branches of the retail-trade sector, 1990-2005, using county-level data on employment and a panel regression framework that allows for county-specific trends in sectoral outcomes. We focus on particular subsectors within retail trade that are identified as particularly low-wage. We find little evidence of disemployment effects once we allow for geographic-specific trends. Rather, in many sectors the evidence suggests modest (but robust) positive employment effects. One explanation we consider for these 'perverse' effects is that minimum wages may have significant influences on product demand shifts.
Subjects: 
Minimum wages
wages and employment
county-level data
spatial trends
border county analysis
unions
right-to-work states
JEL: 
J23
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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