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Does raising the minimum wage help the poor?

15 Nov 2005
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Analysing the characteristics of low wage workers, Andrew Leigh finds that those who earn near-minimum wages are disproportionately female, unmarried and young, without post-school qualifications and overseas born. About a third of near-minimum wage workers are the sole worker in their household. Using various plausible parameters for the effect of minimum wages on hourly wages and employment, he estimates the impact of a minimum wage rise on inequality.

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