Pinoli, Sara (2008): Rational Expectations and the Puzzling No-Effect of the Minimum Wage.
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This paper argues that expectations are an important element that need to be included into the analysis of the effects of the minimum wage on employment. We show in a standard matching model that these effects are higher the lower is the likelihood associated to the minimum wage variation. This property also helps explaining the controversial results found in the empirical literature. When the policy is anticipated, the observed effect at the time of the actual variation is small and hard to identify. The model is tested on Spanish data, taking advantage of the unexpected change in the minimum wage following the election of Zapatero in 2004.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Rational Expectations and the Puzzling No-Effect of the Minimum Wage|
|Keywords:||Minimum wage, Expectations, Heterogeneous matches|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J38 - Public Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J23 - Labor Demand
|Depositing User:||Sara Pinoli|
|Date Deposited:||08. Nov 2008 15:48|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 08:11|
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