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Assessing the Distributive Impact of More than Doubling the Minimum Wage: The Case of Uruguay

  • Fernando Borraz

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    (Banco Central del Uruguay y Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Nicolás Gonzalez Pampillón

    ()

    (Universidad de Montevideo)

This paper analyzes the role of the sharply increases in the minimum wage after 2004 in Uruguay in the slight decrease on wage inequality. We Önd no impact of the miminum wage increases on wage inequality. This results can be explained by the low starting level of the minimum wage or lack of compliance with it. The Uruguayan experience shows that the minimum wage is not always e§ective as a redistribution instrument.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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