The Effects of Minimum Wages on the Health of Working Teenagers

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Susan L. Averett

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business

Julie K. Smith

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business

Yang Wang

Lafayette College

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of minimum wage increases on the self-reported health of teenage workers. We use a difference-in-differences estimation strategy and data from the Current Population Survey, and disaggregate the sample by race/ethnicity and gender to uncover the differential effects of changes in the minimum wage on health. We find that white women are more likely to report better health with a minimum wage increase while Hispanic men report worse health.

Keywords: minimum wage, self-reported health, teenagers

JEL Classification: I10, I18, J15, J16

Suggested Citation

Averett, Susan and Smith, Julie K. and Wang, Yang, The Effects of Minimum Wages on the Health of Working Teenagers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10185. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2840129

Susan Averett (Contact Author)

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States
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Julie K. Smith

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States

HOME PAGE: http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~smithjk/

Yang Wang

Lafayette College ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States
610-330-5298 (Phone)
610-330-5715 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://economics.lafayette.edu/

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