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Employment effects of minimum wages

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  • David Neumark

    (University of California—Irvine, USA, and IZA, Germany)

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The potential benefits of higher minimum wages come from the higher wages for affected workers, some of whom are in low-income families. The potential downside is that a higher minimum wage may discourage employers from using the low-wage, low-skill workers that minimum wages are intended to help. Research findings are not unanimous, but evidence from many countries suggests that minimum wages reduce the jobs available to low-skill workers.

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Article provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its journal IZA World of Labor.

Volume (Year): (2014)
Issue (Month): (May)
Pages: 1–10

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Handle: RePEc:iza:izawol:journl:y:2014:p:6

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Keywords: minimum wages; employment effects;

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Cited by:
  1. Arni, Patrick & Eichhorst, Werner & Spermann, Alexander & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2014. "Mindestlohnevaluation jetzt und nicht erst 2020," IZA Standpunkte, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 70, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Arni, Patrick & Eichhorst, Werner & Pestel, Nico & Spermann, Alexander & Zimmermann, Klaus F., 2014. "Kein Mindestlohn ohne unabhängige wissenschaftliche Evaluation," IZA Standpunkte, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 65, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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