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Minimum wages and teen employment: A spatial panel approach

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  • Charlene M. Kalenkoski
  • Donald J. Lacombe

The authors employ spatial econometrics 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 econometrics 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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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Papers in Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 92 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (06)
Pages: 407-417

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