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A Theory of Compliance with Minimum Wage Law

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  • Simplice Anutechia Asongu

    () (Association of African Young Economists)

  • Mohamed Jellal

    () (Al Makrîzi Institut d'Economie)

Abstract

Purpose – In this paper, we introduce firm heterogeneity in the context of a model of non-compliance with minimum wage legislation. Design/methodology/approach – Theoretical modeling under government compliance policy and wages & employment under non compliance. Findings – The introduction of heterogeneity in the ease with which firms can be monitored for non compliance allows us to show that non-compliance will persist in sectors which are relatively difficult to monitor, despite the government implementing non stochastic monitoring. Moreover, we show that the incentive not to comply is an increasing function of the level of the minimum wage and increasing function of the gap between the minimum wage and the competitive wage rate. Originality/value – We have shown why non compliance persists in certain sectors of activity despite frequent inspection by government agencies.

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  • Simplice Anutechia Asongu & Mohamed Jellal, 2014. "A Theory of Compliance with Minimum Wage Law," AAYE Policy Research Working Paper Series 14_020, Association of African Young Economists, revised Nov 2014.
  • Handle: RePEc:aay:wpaper:14_020
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    Keywords

    Minimum wage legislation; informal sector in LDCs;

    JEL classification:

    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • O17 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements

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