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The Potential Impact of the Minimum Wage in Rural Areas

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  • Alana Gilbert
  • Euan Phimister
  • Ioannis Theodossiou

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This article explores the extent to which the potential impact of the national minimum wage might differ in rural areas. Using pre-1999 data from the British Household Panel Survey, a number of dimensions of the policy's potential impact in rural areas are considered, in particular, the number of workers affected, their typical characteristics, and the effects on pay inequality and household income distribution. The results show that for the majority of rural areas that are accessible to urban labour markets, the impact is likely to be broadly similar. In contrast, the potential impacts, and particularly the distributional effects, of the national minimum wage are found to be greatest in remoter rural areas.

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  • Alana Gilbert & Euan Phimister & Ioannis Theodossiou, 2001. "The Potential Impact of the Minimum Wage in Rural Areas," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(8), pages 765-770.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:35:y:2001:i:8:p:765-770
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400120084759
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    1. Metcalf, David, 1999. "The Low Pay Commission and the National Minimum Wage," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(453), pages 46-66, February.
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    1. Helen Robinson, 2005. "Regional evidence on the effect of the national minimum wage on the gender pay gap," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(7), pages 855-872.
    2. Anita Alves Pena, 2013. "Do Minimum Wage Laws Affect People Who Are Not Covered? Evidence from Documented and Undocumented, Hourly and Piece Rate Workers in U.S. Agriculture," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 13-194, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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    Rural; Minimum Wage; Inequality; Labour Markets;

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