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The Macroeconomic Effects of the Wage Gap between Regular and Non-Regular Employment and Minimum Wages

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  • Hiroaki Sasaki
  • Jun Matsuyama
  • Kazumitsu Sako

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We analyze the effect of the wage gap between regular and non-regular employment on a macroeconomy by using a Keynesian dynamic model. If the steady state equilibrium exhibits the stagnationist regime, the size of the reserve army effect affects the stability of the equilibrium. On the other hand, if the steady state equilibrium exhibits the exhilarationist regime, an increase in the wage gap destabilizes the equilibrium. The introduction of the minimum wage is desirable in that it mitigates fluctuations of business cycles. However, the introduction of an inappropriate minimum wage policy leads to the real wage and employment rate that are lower than the steady state values.

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  • Hiroaki Sasaki & Jun Matsuyama & Kazumitsu Sako, 2012. "The Macroeconomic Effects of the Wage Gap between Regular and Non-Regular Employment and Minimum Wages," Discussion papers e-12-003, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
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    1. Ryunosuke Sonoda & Hiroaki Sasaki, 2015. "Differences in Wage-Determination Systems between Regular and Non-Regular Employment in a Kaleckian Model," Discussion papers e-14-018, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
    2. Hiroaki Sasaki, 2016. "Profit sharing and its effect on income distribution and output: a Kaleckian approach," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 40(2), pages 469-489.

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    Keywords

    wage gap; regular and non-regular employment; minimum wage; demandled growth model;

    JEL classification:

    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian; Modern Monetary Theory
    • E24 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity
    • E25 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Aggregate Factor Income Distribution
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights

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