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Minimum wage and employment in the fast food industry

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Recent empirical studies on the impact of minimum wage legislation generate results that are inconsistent with conventional economic theory. Employing a methodology that compares affected with unaffected areas, these investigations indicate that employment levels are not adversely affected by the imposition of a minimum wage. Two studies in particular focus on the fast food industry. Although one study has come under attack for improperly measuring employment, an interesting theoretical question remains. This paper derives the demand for labor function of a fast food outlet facing price and profit margin constraints dictated by the company. The results of a minimum wage constraint are consistent with current empirical literature. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 1998

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  • William Gissy, 1998. "Minimum wage and employment in the fast food industry," Atlantic Economic Journal, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 26(3), pages 304-308, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:atlecj:v:26:y:1998:i:3:p:304-308
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02299347
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    1. Card, David & Krueger, Alan B, 1994. "Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 84(4), pages 772-793, September.
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    1. Gail Pacheco & Vic Naiker, 2006. "Impact of the Minimum Wage on Expected Profits," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(4), pages 469-490.

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