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Wage Rigidity or Fiscal Redistribution: The credibility Issue

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  • Manon Domingues dos santos

    () (Université Paris-Est ERUDITE)

  • Etienne Lehmann

    () (CREST)

Abstract

We show that lack of commitment in the policymaking process may explain the prevalence of the minimum wage to redistribute income, despite its negative impact on unemployment. In the absence of commitment, firms anticipate the government's willingness to use a minimum wage policy to reduce the tax collecting costs implied by fiscal transfers. This expectation leads to a reduction in the labor demand that generates unemployment.

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  • Manon Domingues dos santos & Etienne Lehmann, 2012. "Wage Rigidity or Fiscal Redistribution: The credibility Issue," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(4), pages 2801-2807.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-12-00451
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    1. Hungerbühler, Mathias & Lehmann, Etienne, 2009. "On the optimality of a minimum wage: New insights from optimal tax theory," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(3-4), pages 464-481, April.
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    Keywords

    Unemployment; Inequality; Wage Rigidity; Credibility; Time Inconsistency;

    JEL classification:

    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers

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