An Analysis of Teenage Employment by Firms, 1999-2007

Statistics New Zealand LEED research paper

36 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2010 Last revised: 15 Jan 2010

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Dean Hyslop

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

David C. Maré

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust; University of Waikato - Economics

Steven Stillman

Free University of Bozen-Bolzano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jason Craig Timmins

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust - Department of Labour

Date Written: September 1, 2008

Abstract

Changes to youth minimum wage legislation in New Zealand together with steady increases in minimum wages since 2001 have contributed to substantial increases in the minimum wages for teenage workers, and significant increases in the number of teen workers earning at or near minimum wages. With these changes as a backdrop, this paper uses data from Statistics New Zealand’s Linked Employer-Employee Database (LEED) to document the pattern of firm-level teenage employment over the period 2000-2007, and analyse the responses of firms to the increasing relative wages of teen workers.

Keywords: Youth, Minimum Wage, Legislation, New Zealand, LEED, Teenage Employment

JEL Classification: C23, C01, J10, N37

Suggested Citation

Hyslop, Dean R. and Maré, David C. and Stillman, Steven and Timmins, Jason Craig, An Analysis of Teenage Employment by Firms, 1999-2007 (September 1, 2008). Statistics New Zealand LEED research paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532459 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1532459

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