When Do Living Wages Bite?

38 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2004 Last revised: 11 Nov 2022

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Scott J. Adams

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Department of Economics

David Neumark

University of California, Irvine - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: June 2004

Abstract

Many features of living wage laws may influence the strength of their effects on wages and employment of low-skill individuals. Echoing past research, business assistance living wage laws generate stronger wage increases and employment reductions than contractor-only laws. But broader enforcement or implementation and geographic concentration of living wage laws also appear to strengthen their effects. Finally, geographic concentration may be more significant than the distinction between business assistance and contractor-only living wage laws.

Suggested Citation

Adams, Scott J. and Neumark, David, When Do Living Wages Bite? (June 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10561, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=557195

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