The Impact of Minimum Wages on Unemployment Duration: Estimating the Effects Using the Displaced Worker Survey

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Roberto Pedace

Claremont Colleges, Scripps College - Department of Economics

Stephanie Rohn Kumar

University of Southern California

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Date Written: December 22, 2010

Abstract

This paper examines the impact of minimum wages on unemployment duration. Our estimates suggest that higher minimum wages are associated with shorter unemployment duration for older males and those with at least a high school diploma, but longer unemployment spells for male high school dropouts and females who are older and in lower-skilled occupations. The results are consistent with other studies in generating concerns about the distributional impact of minimum wages.

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Pedace, Roberto and Rohn Kumar, Stephanie, The Impact of Minimum Wages on Unemployment Duration: Estimating the Effects Using the Displaced Worker Survey (December 22, 2010). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 57-75, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00625.x

Roberto Pedace (Contact Author)

Claremont Colleges, Scripps College - Department of Economics ( email )

Claremont, CA 91711
United States

Stephanie Rohn

University of Southern California ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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