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Does a high minimum wage spur low-skilled emigration?

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  • Martin, D.
  • Termos, A.

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We investigate the migration response to state and local variation in minimum wages in the United States. We find that a one dollar difference between two areas’ real minimum wage is associated with 3.1% more migration of low-skilled workers towards the location with the lower minimum wage. The minimum wage does not influence the migration decisions of high-skilled workers.

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  • Martin, D. & Termos, A., 2015. "Does a high minimum wage spur low-skilled emigration?," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 137(C), pages 200-202.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:137:y:2015:i:c:p:200-202
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.10.027
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    Keywords

    Minimum wage; Migration; Fractional logit model;

    JEL classification:

    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law

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