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The Local Aggregate Effects of Minimum Wage Increases

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  • Daniel Cooper
  • María José Luengo-Prado
  • Jonathan A. Parker

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Using variation in minimum wages across cities and controlling for differences in business-cycle factors and long-run local economic trends, we find that following minimum wage increases, both prices and nominal spending rise modestly. These gains are larger for certain sub-categories of goods such as food away from home and in locations where low-wage workers are a larger share of employment. Further, minimum wage increases are associated with reduced total debt among households with low credit scores, higher auto debt, and increased access to credit.

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  • Daniel Cooper & María José Luengo-Prado & Jonathan A. Parker, 2019. "The Local Aggregate Effects of Minimum Wage Increases," NBER Working Papers 25761, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:25761
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    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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