Is Minimum Wage An Effective Anti-Poverty Policy In Japan?
AbstractThis paper considers whether the minimum wage is a well-targeted antipoverty policy by examining the backgrounds of minimum-wage workers. Whether raising the minimum wage reduces employment for unskilled workers is also investigated. An examination of micro data from a large-scale government household survey, the Employment Structure Survey (Shugyo Kozo Kihon Chosa), reveals that approximately half of minimum-wage workers belong to households with annual incomes of more than 5 million yen as a non-head of household. A regression analysis indicates that an increase in the minimum wage moderately reduces the employment of male teenagers and middle-aged married women, while it encourages the employment of high-school age youth. Copyright 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation 2009 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
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Volume (Year): 14 (2009)
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- KAWAGUCHI Daiji & MORI Yuko, 2009. "Is Minimum Wage an Effective Anti-Poverty Policy in Japan?," Discussion papers 09032, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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