Publication Selection Bias in Minimum-Wage Research? A Meta-Regression Analysis
Card and Krueger's meta-analysis of the employment effects of minimum wages challenged existing theory. Unfortunately, their meta-analysis confused publication selection with the absence of a genuine empirical effect. We apply recently developed meta-analysis methods to 64 US minimum-wage studies and corroborate that Card and Krueger's findings were nevertheless correct. The minimum-wage effects literature is contaminated by publication selection bias, which we estimate to be slightly larger than the average reported minimum-wage effect. Once this publication selection is corrected, little or no evidence of a negative association between minimum wages and employment remains. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.
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Volume (Year): 47 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
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