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Publication Bias in Minimum-Wage Research? Card and Krueger Redux

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Card and Krueger’s (1995) meta-analysis of the employment effects of minimum wages challenged existing theory. Unfortunately, their meta-analysis confused publication bias with the absence of a genuine empirical effect. Recently developed meta-analysis methods corroborate that Card and Krueger’s findings were nevertheless correct. The minimum wage effects literature is contaminated by publication bias. Once this publication bias is corrected, no time-series evidence of a negative association between minimum wages and employment remains.

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  • T.D. Stanley & Chris Doucouliagous, 2006. "Publication Bias in Minimum-Wage Research? Card and Krueger Redux," Economics Series 2006_16, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:dkn:econwp:eco_2006_16
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    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General

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