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Minimum Wages and Healthy Diet

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  • Pohl, R. Vincent
  • Clark, Kathryn L.
  • Thomas, Ryan C.

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A healthy diet is often unaffordable for low-income individuals, so income-lifting policies may play an important role in not only alleviating poverty but also in improving nutrition. We investigate if higher minimum wages can contribute to an improved diet by increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. Exploiting recent minimum wage increases in the U.S. and using individual-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System we identify the causal effect of minimum wage changes on fruit and vegetable intake among low-wage individuals in a triple-differences framework. Our results indicate that higher minimum wages contribute positively but moderately to improved nutrition.

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  • Pohl, R. Vincent & Clark, Kathryn L. & Thomas, Ryan C., 2017. "Minimum Wages and Healthy Diet," MPRA Paper 87239, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Hafner, Lucas & Lochner, Benjamin, 2019. "Do minimum wages improve self-rated health? : Evidence from a natural experiment," IAB Discussion Paper 201917, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
    2. Hafner, Lucas, 2019. "Do minimum wages improve self-rated health? Evidence from a natural experiment," FAU Discussion Papers in Economics 02/2019, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Economics.
    3. Susan L. Prescott & Alan C. Logan, 2018. "Larger Than Life: Injecting Hope into the Planetary Health Paradigm," Challenges, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 9(1), pages 1-27, March.

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    Keywords

    minimum wages; nutrition; healthy diet; fruit and vegetable consumption; triple-differences;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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