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:
"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.