"new evidence based on methods that let the data identify the appropriate control groups leads to stronger evidence of disemployment effects, with teen employment elasticities near −0.3. We conclude that the evidence still shows that minimum wages pose a tradeoff of higher wages for some against job losses for others, and that policymakers need to bear this tradeoff in mind when making decisions about increasing the minimum wage."Addendum: This old post by Steve Landsburg on the unfairness of the minimum wage is worth rereading.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Minimum Wage Redux
In his Times column today, Paul Krugman argues in favor of a higher minimum wage, suggesting that the adverse employment effects are trivial. Unfortunately, Paul presents a highly selective review of the literature. For example, this paper is relevant. From its abstract: