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Another Look at the Economics of Minimum Wage Legislation


  • Richard V. Burkhauser


type="main" xml:lang="en"> Economists have long been involved in public policy-making, both as policy advisors and policy advocates. This article revisits the two questions that future Nobel Prize winner, George Stigler, posed to the economics profession in his seminal 1946 American Economic Review article urging us to speak out in the debate over the efficacy of increases in the minimum wage: (i) ‘Does such legislation diminish poverty?’; and (ii) ‘Are there efficient alternatives?’. I review this literature in the United States in the context of the Congressional Budget Office's answers in 2014 to these questions and what Australian policy-makers can learn from them.

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser, 2014. "Another Look at the Economics of Minimum Wage Legislation," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 47(3), pages 409-415, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:47:y:2014:i:3:p:409-415

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