Minimum Wages and the Health and Access to Care of Immigrants' Children

38 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2019

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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 the children of immigrants. Their parents are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs, typically have less access to health care and are a growing part of the U.S. labor force. Using a difference-in-differences identification strategy and data drawn from the National Health Interview Survey from the years 2000-2015, we examine whether children of low-educated immigrants experience any changes in health or access to care when the minimum wage increases.

Keywords: minimum wage, immigrant children, access to care, health insurance, health

JEL Classification: J15, I12, I13, I14

Suggested Citation

Averett, Susan and Smith, Julie K. and Wang, Yang, Minimum Wages and the Health and Access to Care of Immigrants' Children. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12606, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3457650 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3457650

Susan Averett (Contact Author)

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )

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Julie K. Smith

Lafayette College - Department of Economics & Business ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States

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Yang Wang

Lafayette College ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://economics.lafayette.edu/

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