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Who Gets Minimum Wages?

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  • Richardson, S.
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    There have been rising levels of inequality in the earnings distribution in some OECD countries (principally the English-speaking ones) together with stubbornly higher levels of unemployment in many others. Australia has shared in the rise in earnings inequality, but not to the degree that the US, Canada and the UK have. It has also shared in the rise in persistent unemployment, butnot to the degree that many continental European countries have. This situation provides the background as to why there is a current interest in the association between earning a low wage and living in a low income household.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 386.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:386

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    Keywords: MINIMUM WAGE ; INCOME DISTRIBUTION ; UNEMPLOYMENT;

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    Cited by:
    1. David Neumark & William Wascher, 1999. "A Cross-National Analysis of the Effects of Minimum Wages on Youth Employment," NBER Working Papers 7299, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Roger Wilkins & Mark Wooden, 2011. "Measuring Minimum Award Wage Reliance in Australia: The HILDA Survey Experience," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2011n11, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.

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