Effects of Increasing Minimum Wages on Employment and Hours: Evidence from Sweden’s Retail Sector
AbstractThis paper examines the effects of collectively agreed increases in real minimum wages on employment transitions and hours among manual workers in the Swedish retail sector over the period 2001–05. The findings indicate that increases in real minimum wages are associated with more separations, whereas hours are less affected because separated workers put in relatively fewer hours before being separated. Among the young, however, both employment and hours are negatively affected. Labour-labour substitution seems to be important, since increases in minimum wages promote employment among workers with higher wages than those directly affected by the increases. The assumptions of the econometric model were tested by imposing fictitious minimum wages on lower-level non-manuals in the same industry, with turnover characteristics similar to manuals but covered by a different collective agreement with non-binding actual minimum wages.
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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 13 Apr 2011
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Minimum wages; Labour-labour substitution; Employment;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
- J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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- Petri Böckerman & Roope Uusitalo, 2009.
"Minimum Wages and Youth Employment: Evidence from the Finnish Retail Trade Sector,"
British Journal of Industrial Relations,
London School of Economics, vol. 47(2), pages 388-405, 06.
- Böckerman, Petri & Uusitalo, Roope, 2007. "Minimum wages and youth employment: Evidence from the Finnish retail trade sector," MPRA Paper 6113, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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