Evaluating the impact of a national minimum wage : evidence from a new survey of firms

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Title: Evaluating the impact of a national minimum wage : evidence from a new survey of firms
Authors: Nolan, Brian
O'Neill, Donal
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1042
Date: 2002
Abstract: In April 2000 the Irish government introduced a national minimum wage of £4.40 an hour. This paper uses data from a specially designed panel survey of firms to estimate the labour market effects of this change. Initial results show that employment growth among firms with low wage workers prior to the legislation was not significantly different to that for firms not affected by the legislation. However, this measure of the minimum wage bite is likely to overestimate the number of firms affected by the legislation. When we use a more refined measure of the minimum wage bite, which takes account of general wage growth in the economy we find the minimum wage may have had a statistically significantly negative effect on employment for the small number of firms most severely affected by the legislation.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Royal Economic Society
Copyright (published version): The Royal Economic Society 2002
Subject LCSH: Minimum wage--Ireland
Minimum wage--Costs
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: The Royal Economic Society's Annual Conference, Warwick, 25-27 March 2002
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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