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Working Paper 04-18 - Removing youth sub-minimum wage rates in Belgium: did it affect youth employment?

Maritza López-Novella

Working Papers from Federal Planning Bureau, Belgium

Abstract: Between April 2013 and January 2015, youth sub-minimum wage rates were repealed in Belgium. We identify the impact of the reform by comparing outcomes before and after the withdrawal, across eligible and ineligible categories of young workers, and across abolishing and not abolishing joint committees. Our results show that the reform had a small positive impact on wages and on retention rates and a comparable but negative impact on accession rates.

Keywords: Minimum wages; Youth sub-minimum rates; Youth employment; Policy evaluation; Triple difference estimator; Propensity score matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J38 J31 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-03-16
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