Minimum Wage Non-Compliance: Evidence from Ireland

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Seamus McGuinness

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland

Paul Redmond

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Judith Delaney

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Abstract

We use a unique question from the Irish Labour Force Survey that captures the reasons for workers being paid below the minimum wage. Compared to existing work, this allows us to more precisely identify sub-minimum wage workers. We find that 5.6 percent of minimum wage workers are paid below the minimum wage for reasons other than those permitted under legislation. This is considerably lower than estimates reported in the existing literature.

Keywords: non-compliance, minimum wage

JEL Classification: J22, J23, J31, J32

Suggested Citation

McGuinness, Seamus and Redmond, Paul and Delaney, Judith, Minimum Wage Non-Compliance: Evidence from Ireland. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12884, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3521702 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3521702

Seamus McGuinness (Contact Author)

Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland ( email )

Dublin 4
Ireland

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Paul Redmond

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) ( email )

Whitaker square Sir john Rogerson's Quay
Dublin 2
Dublin
Ireland

Judith Delaney

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) ( email )

Whitaker square Sir john Rogerson's Quay
Dublin 2
Dublin
Ireland

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