The Effect of the Minimum Wage When it Really Bites: A Reexamination of the Evidence from Puerto Rico

36 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2000 Last revised: 22 Jul 2010

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Alan B. Krueger

Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 1994

Abstract

This paper reinvestigates the evidence on the impact of the minimum wage on employment in Puerto Rico. The strongest evidence that the minimum wage had a negative effect on employment comes from an aggregate time series analysis. The weakest evidence comes from cross-industry analyses. The main finding of the paper, however, is that the statistical evidence of a negative employment effect of the minimum wage in Puerto Rico is surprisingly fragile.

Suggested Citation

Krueger, Alan B., The Effect of the Minimum Wage When it Really Bites: A Reexamination of the Evidence from Puerto Rico (June 1994). NBER Working Paper No. w4757. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=226996

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