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The consumption response to minimum wage increases

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  • Daniel Aaronson
  • Sumit Agarwal
  • Eric French

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This paper presents evidence that spending increases more than income, and thus debt rises, in households with minimum wage workers following a minimum wage hike. Furthermore, we show that the size, timing, persistence, and composition of spending is inconsistent with the basic certainty equivalent life cycle model. However, our findings are consistent with a model where households can borrow against part of the value of their durable goods. ; Preliminary and incomplete.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series with number WP-07-23.

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Keywords: Minimum wage ; Debt;

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  1. Fabrizio Perri & Dirk Krueger, 2009. "How does Household Consumption Respond to Income Shocks?," 2009 Meeting Papers 14, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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