Effects of the Minimum Wage on Child Health

38 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2020

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George Wehby

University of Iowa

Wei Lyu

University of Iowa

Robert Kaestner

University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Dhaval Dave

Bentley University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) - NY Office

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

Effects of the minimum wage on labor market outcomes have been extensively debated and analyzed. Less studied, however, are other consequences of the minimum wage that stem from changes in a household’s income and labor supply. We examine the effects of the minimum wage on child health. We employ data from the National Survey of Children’s Health in conjunction with a difference-in-differences research design. We estimate effects of changes in minimum wage throughout childhood. We find evidence that an increase in the minimum wage throughout childhood is associated with a large improvement in child health. A particularly interesting finding is that much of the benefits of a higher minimum wage are associated with the period between birth and aged 5.

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Suggested Citation

Wehby, George and Lyu, Wei and Kaestner, Robert and Kaestner, Robert and Dave, Dhaval and Dave, Dhaval, Effects of the Minimum Wage on Child Health (January 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w26691, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3525932

George Wehby (Contact Author)

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Wei Lyu

University of Iowa ( email )

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Robert Kaestner

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Dhaval Dave

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Bentley University - Department of Economics ( email )

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