In a competitive model we ease the assumption that efficiency units of labour are the
product of hours and workers. We show that a minimum wage may either increase or
decrease hours per worker and the change will have the opposite sign to the slope of
the equilibrium hours hourly wage locus. Similarly, total hours worked may rise or
fall. We illustrate the results throughout with a Cobb-Douglas example.
Type of Material
University College Dublin. School of Economics
UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series