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Minimum Wage Effects on Hours, Employment and Number of Firms: The Iowa Case

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  • Orazem, Peter
  • Mattila, J. Peter

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Research on Iowa low-wage retail and service industries supports the view that minimum wages lower employment opportunities for workers. The sample period includes three successive changes in the Iowa minimum wage in 1990, 1991, and 1992, during which time the Iowa rate exceeded the federal minimum wage and that of its surrounding states. Firm-level longitudinal data which separated sub- from superminimum workers yielded employment demand elasticities ranging from -0.3 to -0.7. Hours elasticities were even larger, implying that the increases in minimum wages lowered earnings for subminimum workers. These findings are corroborated by analysis of county-level, two-digit industry data. Minimum wages also reduced the number of firms, but increased average firm size in these industries.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 4053.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Labor Research, Winter 2002, vol. 23 no. 1, pp. 3-23
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:4053

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  1. Christian Ragacs, 2003. "Mindestlöhne und Beschäftigung: Ein Überblick über die neuere empirische Literatur," Working Papers geewp25, Vienna University of Economics Research Group: Growth and Employment in Europe: Sustainability and Competitiveness.
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  3. Rohlin, Shawn M., 2011. "State minimum wages and business location: Evidence from a refined border approach," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 103-117, January.
  4. Nikita Céspedes & Alan Sánchez, 2013. "Minimum wage and job mobility," Documentos de Trabajo 2013-359, Departamento de Economía - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  5. Addison, John T. & Blackburn, McKinley L. & Cotti, Chad, 2008. "New Estimates of the Effects of Minimum Wages in the U.S. Retail Trade Sector," IZA Discussion Papers 3597, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Christian Ragacs, 2003. "Mindestlöhne und Beschäftigung: die empirische Evidenz. Ein Literaturüberblick," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 29(2), pages 215-246.
  7. Nicole Coomer & Walter Wessels, 2013. "The Effect of the Minimum Wage on Covered Teenage Employment," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 253-280, September.
  8. Addison, John T. & Blackburn, McKinley L. & Cotti, Chad, 2008. "The Effect of Minimum Wages on Wages and Employment: County-Level Estimates for the United States," IZA Discussion Papers 3300, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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