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The Role of the Minimum Wage in the Welfare State: An Appraisal

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  • Dolado, Juan J.

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    (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

  • Felgueroso, Florentino

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    (Universidad de Oviedo)

  • Jimeno, Juan F.

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    (Bank of Spain)

Abstract

In order to offer a balanced assessment of the role of minimum wages in the Welfare State, seven basic questions need to be answered: (i) Why is the minimum wage a useful redistributive tool?; (ii) How binding are minimum wage floors in different countries?; (iii) To what extent do minimum wages have the adverse consequences that standard analysis predict?; (iv) Are there strong theoretical grounds underlying the revisionist results?; (v) Who supports minimum wages?; (vi) Under which conditions is the minimum wage a better tool than other policy instruments to achieve income redistribution?; and, finally, (vii) What is the overall cross-country time-series evidence regarding the employment effect of the minima? The aim of this paper is to provide an appraisal on the available evidence for each of the above-mentioned issues.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 152.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: May 2000
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Publication status: published in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie und Statistik / Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 136 (2000), 1-33
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