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The Political Economy of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

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  • Seltzer, Andrew J

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This paper examines the congressional passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Voting on it is modeled as a function of the concentration of the constituencies for minimum wage legislation, North-South differentials, and legislator ideology. The House radically altered the final content of the bill, abandoning a proposed Wages and Hours Board with discretionary powers to determine minimum wages in favor of a flat rate following the objections of several interest groups; North-South divisions over the bill had little influence over congressional voting; and the influence of constituent groups increased relative to legislators' ideology as the bill became an important election issue. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 103 (1995)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 1302-42

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:103:y:1995:i:6:p:1302-42

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