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The Minimum Wage and Search Effort

Camilla Adams, Jonathan Meer () and CarlyWill Sloan

No 25128, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Labor market search-and-matching models posit supply-side responses to minimum wage increases that may lead to improved matches and lessen or even reverse negative employment effects. Yet there is sparse empirical evidence on this crucial assumption. Using event study analysis of recent minimum wage increases, we find that these changes do not affect the likelihood of searching, but do lead to large yet very transitory spikes in search effort by individuals already looking for work. These results are not driven by changes in the composition of searchers.

JEL-codes: J22 J64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-10
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Published as Camilla Adams & Jonathan Meer & CarlyWill Sloan, 2022. "The minimum wage and search effort," Economics Letters, .

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