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Heterogeneous employment effects of minimum wage policies


  • Aleksandra Majchrowska

    (University of Lodz, Chair of Macroeconomics)

  • Paweł Strawiński

    (University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences)


We explain the variations in the employment effects with respect to minimum wage changes among different groups of workers. Prior analyses considered only two dimensions, investigating employment effects over time across groups of workers or regions. We propose a multidimensional panel data approach to simultaneously analyze the heterogeneous employment effects of minimum wage changes across age groups, economic sectors, and regions over time. Latent heterogeneities in regional employment reactions are discovered, indicating that the employment effect in the regional labor market is the result of a combination of specific labor market features related to the composition of workers and employers.

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  • Aleksandra Majchrowska & Paweł Strawiński, 2022. "Heterogeneous employment effects of minimum wage policies," Working Papers 2022-18, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2022-18

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    Employment elasticity; minimum wage; regional labor markets; latent heterogeneities; intra-regional differences; Poland;
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    JEL classification:

    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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