The other margin: do minimum wages cause working hours adjustments for low-wage workers?
Stewart, Mark B. and Swaffield, Joanna (2006) The other margin: do minimum wages cause working hours adjustments for low-wage workers? Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick, Department of Economics. Warwick economic research papers (No.746).
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This paper estimates the impact of the introduction of the UK minimum wage on the working hours of low-wage employees using difference-in-differences estimators. The estimates using the employer-based New Earnings Surveys indicate that the introduction of the minimum wage reduced the basic hours of low-wage workers by between 1 and 2 hours per week. The effects on total paid hours are similar (indicating negligible effects on paid overtime) and lagged effects dominate the smaller and less significant initial effects within this. Estimates using the employee-based Labour Force Surveys are typically less significant.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Minimum wage, Hours of labor, Labor laws and legislation, Labor demand, Regression analysis|
|Series Name:||Warwick economic research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Department of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Official Date:||February 2006|
|Number of Pages:||33|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Brown, Charles (1999), “Minimum wages, employment and the distribution of income”, in O. Ashenfelter and D. Card (eds.), Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 3, Elsevier.
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