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The Employment Effect of Industry-Specific, Collectively Bargained Minimum Wages

  • Hanna Frings

This paper estimates the employment effects of industry-specific, collectively-bargained minimum wages in Germany for two occupations associated with the construction sector. I propose a truly exogenous control group in contrast to the control group design used in the literature. Further, a difference-in-differences-in-differences estimator is presented as a robustness test for occupation-specific and/or industry-specific, timevarying, unobserved heterogeneity. I do not find a significantly negative employment effect, even though the minimum wage is binding in (East) Germany. This result can be explained by substitution effects, noncompliance and models of monopsonic competition.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 14 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 258-281

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