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National minimum wages, capital mobility, and global economic growth

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  • Irmen, Andreas
  • Wigger, Berthold U.

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How do national minimum wages affect global economic growth? We address this question in a two-country endogenous growth model with capital mobility that emphasizes a link between wages, savings and growth. We identify the conditions on technology and national preferences that determine whether national minimum wages are a stimulus or an obstacle to growth. Technology matters because it determines the functional distribution of global income as well as output effects associated with the emergence of national unemployment due to minimum wages. Interestingly, differences in national savings propensities do not only affect the strength of the growth effect associated with minimum wages but may even determine its direction.
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  • Irmen, Andreas & Wigger, Berthold U., 2006. "National minimum wages, capital mobility, and global economic growth," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 90(2), pages 285-289, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:90:y:2006:i:2:p:285-289
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    1. Andreas Irmen, 2009. "Frictional unemployment, labor market institutions, and endogenous economic growth," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(2), pages 1127-1138.
    2. Sung Min Mun & Byoung Hark Yoo, 2012. "The Effects of Inter-Korean Integration Type on Economic Performance: The Role of Wage Policy," International Economic Journal, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(3), pages 447-470, September.
    3. Luciano Fanti & Luca Gori, 2011. "On economic growth and minimum wages," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 103(1), pages 59-82, May.
    4. Yamaguchi, Masao, 2017. "Stagnation and minimum wage: Optimal minimum wage policy in macroeconomics," MPRA Paper 80359, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Stauvermann, Peter J. & Ky, Sereyvath & Nam, Gi-Yu, 2013. "The Costs of Increasing the Fertility Rate in an Endogenous Growth Model," MPRA Paper 46381, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models

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