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Minimum Wages and Teen Employment: A Spatial Panel Approach

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  • Charlene Kalenkoski

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    (Ohio University Department of Economics)

  • Donald Lacombe

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    (Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University)

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The authors employ spatial econometric techniques and Annual Averages data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 1990-2004 to examine how changes in the minimum wage affect teen employment. Spatial econometric techniques account for the fact that employment is correlated across states. Such correlation may exist if a change in the minimum wage in a state affects employment not only in its own state but also in other, neighboring states. The authors show that state minimum wages negatively affect teen employment to a larger degree than is found in studies that do not account for this correlation. Their results show a combined direct and indirect effect of minimum wages on teen employment to be -2.1% for a 10% increase in the real effective minimum wage. Ignoring spatial correlation underestimates the magnitude of the effect of minimum wages on teen employment.

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Paper provided by Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University in its series Working Papers with number 201108.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rri:wpaper:201108

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Keywords: spatial econometrics; minimum wage; correlation;

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  1. Dubin, Robin A., 1998. "Spatial Autocorrelation: A Primer," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 7(4), pages 304-327, December.
  2. Lee, Lung-fei & Yu, Jihai, 2010. "Estimation of spatial autoregressive panel data models with fixed effects," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 154(2), pages 165-185, February.
  3. Charlene Kalenkoski & Donald Lacombe, 2008. "Effects of Minimum Wages on Youth Employment: the Importance of Accounting for Spatial Correlation," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 29(4), pages 303-317, December.
  4. David Neumark & William L. Wascher, 2008. "Minimum Wages," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262141027, December.
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  1. Frings, Hanna & vom Berge, Philipp & Paloyo, Alfredo R., 2013. "High-Impact Minimum Wages and Heterogeneous Regions," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79828, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. Jayaraman, Praveena & Lacombe, Donald & Gebremedhin, Tesfa, 2013. "A Spatial Analysis of the Role of Residential Real Estate Investment in the Economic Development of the Northeast Region of the United States," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150953, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. Peng, Ling & Hong, Yongmiao, 2013. "Productivity spillovers among linked sectors," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 44-61.

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