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Employment and Distribution Effects of the Minimum Wage

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2012. Vol. 84. No. 1. P. 245-264.
Slonimczyk F., Scott P.
This paper analyzes the effects of the minimum wage on wage inequality, relative employment and over-education. We show that over-education can be generated endogenously and that an increase in the minimum wage can raise both total and low-skill employment, and produce a fall in inequality. Evidence from the US suggests that these theoretical results are empirically relevant. The over-education rate has been increasing and our regression analysis suggests that the decrease in the minimum wage may have led to a deterioration of the employment and relative wage of low-skill workers.