Minimum Wages and the Health of Hispanic Women

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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

States are increasingly resorting to raising the minimum wage to boost the earnings of those at the bottom of the income distribution. In this paper, we examine the effects of minimum wage increases on the health of low-educated Hispanic women, who constitute a growing part of the U.S. labor force, are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs and typically have less access to health care. Using a difference-in-differences identification strategy and data drawn from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and the Current Population Survey from the years 1994–2015, we find little evidence that low-educated Hispanic women likely affected by minimum wage increases experience any changes in health status, access to care, or use of preventive care.

Keywords: minimum wage, Hispanic women, health outcomes, health insurance, preventive care

JEL Classification: J15, I12, I13, I14

Suggested Citation

Averett, Susan and Smith, Julie K. and Wang, Yang, Minimum Wages and the Health of Hispanic Women. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10916. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029786

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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