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Minimum wages and health: evidence from European countries

Laetitia Lebihan

International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 2023, vol. 23, issue 1, No 4, 85-107

Abstract: Abstract This study investigates the effects of minimum wage on health, well-being, and income security in European countries. The empirical strategy consists of exploiting variations in the minimum wage across European countries over time. We show that minimum wage increases improve individuals’ self-reported health and income security. Minimum wage increases also improve life satisfaction and happiness. The effects are largest among women, employed individuals, married individuals, and those with less than a secondary education. Our results are robust to several robustness checks and consistent with existing evidence on the relationship between minimum wage and health.

Keywords: Minimum wage; Health; European countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I18 J30 J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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DOI: 10.1007/s10754-022-09340-x

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