Detecting Effects of Living Wage Laws
University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Scott J. Adams
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Economics
Industrial Relations, Vol. 42, pp. 531-564, October 2003
We estimate the effects of living wage laws on wages of low-wage workers, focusing on the timing of policy, spurious associations, and the type of living wage law passed in a city. Our estimates point to sizable positive wage effects in cities with broad living wage laws that cover employers receiving business assistance from the city. We also explore disemployment effects of living wage laws and find evidence consistent with tradeoffs between wages and employment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 3, 2003
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