Minimum Wage Legislation, Investment and Human Capital
A two period, general equilibrium, model is analyzed in which agents foresee how the second period outcome is determined by the investment decisions which they make in the first period. These decisions concern the acquisition of human and physical capital. The paper considers the impact of a minimum wage in the second period. It shows that, in equilibrium, this policy increases both types of investment. There is a range of values of the minimum wage at which the increases in investment are obtained without any reduction in period 2 employment. This is welfare-improving for a range of parameter values. Under very specific circumstances, the minimum wage achieves a Pareto efficient outcome. Copyright 1999 by Scottish Economic Society.
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Volume (Year): 46 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
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