Deserving Poor and the Desirability of Minimum Wage Rules
25 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2014
Date Written: March 16, 2014
In this paper we provide a novel justification for the use of minimum wage rules to supplement the optimal tax-and-transfer system. We demonstrate that if labor supply decisions are concentrated along the intensive margin and employment is efficiently rationed, a minimum wage rule can be socially beneficial by serving as a tagging device that targets benefits to the deserving poor, defined as low-skilled workers exhibiting a weak taste for leisure.
Keywords: redistribution, minimum wage, efficient rationing
JEL Classification: D600, H200, H500
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