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The wage mobility of minimum wage workers

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  • Ralph E. Smith
  • Bruce Vavrichek
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    Using longitudinal data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the authors examine the earnings mobility of workers employed at the minimum wage. Results indicate that over 60% of workers who were earning the minimum wage in the mid-1980s were earning higher wages one year later; for those with gains, the typical rise was nearly 20%. A significant minority of workers, however-most of them lacking a high school diploma or working on a part-time basis-did not advance beyond the minimum wage between the two survey dates. (Abstract courtesy JSTOR.)

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    Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 82-88

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    Handle: RePEc:ilr:articl:v:46:y:1992:i:1:p:82-88

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    Cited by:
    1. David Neumark & William Wascher, 2006. "Minimum Wages and Employment: A Review of Evidence from the New Minimum Wage Research," NBER Working Papers 12663, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Fiona Sigalla, 2005. "Regional update," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Nov, pages 19.
    3. Eva Lajtkepov√°, 2010. "Minimum Wage and Labour Market," Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(1), pages 3-20.
    4. Thomas L. Hungerford, 2003. "Do Workers with Low Lifetime Earnings Really Have Low-Earnings Every Year? Implications for Social Security Reform," Labor and Demography 0309007, EconWPA.
    5. William E. Even & David A. Macpherson, 2004. "The Wage and Employment Dynamics of Minimum Wage Workers," Labor and Demography 0404007, EconWPA.
    6. Bolvig, Iben, 2004. "Within- and between-firm mobility in the low-wage labour market," Working Papers 04-11, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics.
    7. James Long, 1999. "Updated estimates of the wage mobility of minimum wage workers," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 493-503, December.
    8. Bob McTeer, 1996. "A commentary from the president," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Nov, pages 16.
    9. William J. Carrington & Bruce C. Fallick, 1999. "Minimum wage careers?," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 1999-46, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).

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