Who is Affected by the Minimum Wage?

40 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2015

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Dale Belman

Michigan State University

Paul J. Wolfson

Independent

Kritkorn Nawakitphaitoon

Renmin University of China

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

Prior surveys of empirical research on the minimum wage have been organized around the question “What does the minimum wage affect?” This survey is organized around the question “Who is affected by the minimum wage?” We review the consequences of the minimum wage for teens and young workers, men and women, African Americans and Hispanics, the less educated, workers in low‐wage industries, and low‐wage/low‐income populations. Although there is almost universal agreement that the minimum wage boosts earnings, evidence for a negative employment effect varies between mixed and nonexistent. An important gap in the literature is the paucity of research on low‐wage/low‐income groups.

Suggested Citation

Belman, Dale and Wolfson, Paul J. and Nawakitphaitoon, Kritkorn, Who is Affected by the Minimum Wage? (October 2015). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 54, Issue 4, pp. 582-621, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2660533 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12107

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Paul J. Wolfson

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Kritkorn Nawakitphaitoon

Renmin University of China ( email )

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