The Effects of Living Wage Laws: Evidence from Failed and Derailed Living Wage Campaigns
Scott Adams () and
David Neumark ()
No 1566, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
Living wage campaigns have succeeded in about 100 jurisdictions in the United States but have also been unsuccessful in numerous cities. These unsuccessful campaigns provide a better control group or counterfactual for estimating the effects of living wage laws than the broader set of all cities without a law, and also permit the separate estimation of the effects of living wage laws and living wage campaigns. We find that living wage laws raise wages of low-wage workers but reduce employment among the least-skilled, especially when the laws cover business assistance recipients or are accompanied by similar laws in nearby cities.
Keywords: wages; living wages; employment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J28 J38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
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Published - published in: Journal of Urban Economics, 2005, 78 (2), 177-202
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