The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment: Theory and Evidence from Britain
AbstractRecent work on the economic effects of minimum wages has stressed that the standard economic model, where increases in minimum wages depress employment, is not supported by empirical work in some labor markets. The authors present a general theoretical model whereby employers have some degree of monopsony power, which allows minimum wages to have the conventional negative impact on employment but which also allows for a neutral or positive impact. Studying the industry-based British Wages Councils between 1975 and 1992, they find that minimum wages significantly compress the distribution of earnings but do not have a negative impact on employment. Copyright 1999 by University of Chicago Press.
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Volume (Year): 17 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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- Richard Dickens & Stephen Machin & Alan Manning, 1994. "The Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment: Theory and Evidence from Britain," CEP Discussion Papers dp0183, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
- Dickens, R & Machin, S & Manning, A, 1999. "The effects of minimum wages on employment: Theory and evidence from Britain," Open Access publications from University College London http://discovery.ucl.ac.u, University College London.
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