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Minimum Wage with Optimal Income Taxation

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  • Tomer Blumkin
  • Efraim Sadka

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Minimum wage legislation is a standard policy tool in most countries. However, the overall merits of minimum wage are controversial due to its potential adverse effects on unemployment. In this paper we construct a simple model in which minimum wage plays an important re-distributive role, alongside income taxation, without generating adverse effects on unemployment.

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  • Tomer Blumkin & Efraim Sadka, 2004. "Minimum Wage with Optimal Income Taxation," CESifo Working Paper Series 1125, CESifo Group Munich.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1125
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    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General

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