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Publication selection bias in minimum-wage research? A meta-regression analysis

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  • Doucouliagos, Hristos
  • Stanley, T. D.

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Card and Krueger's meta-analysis of the employment effects of minimum wages challenged existing theory. Unfortunately, their meta-analysis confused publication selection with the absence of a genuine empirical effect. We apply recently developed meta-analysis methods to 64 US minimum-wage studies and corroborate that Card and Krueger's findings were nevertheless correct. The minimum-wage effects literature is contaminated by publication selection bias, which we estimate to be slightly larger than the average reported minimum-wage effect. Once this publication selection is corrected, little or no evidence of a negative association between minimum wages and employment remains. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.
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  • Doucouliagos, Hristos & Stanley, T. D., 2008. "Publication selection bias in minimum-wage research? A meta-regression analysis," Working Papers eco_2008_14, Deakin University, Department of Economics.
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