A re-examination of the impact of the UK national minimum wage on employment

Dickens, Richard, Riley, Rebecca and Wilkinson, David (2015) A re-examination of the impact of the UK national minimum wage on employment. Economica, 82 (328). pp. 841-864. ISSN 0013-0427

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Abstract

Early work on the national minimum wage (NMW) suggested that policymakers in the UK had succeeded in raising the pay of low-paid workers without impairing their employment prospects. This paper shows that when we focus on the most vulnerable workers, part-time females, the NMW appears to be associated with reductions in employment retention. These negative impacts were evident when the NMW was introduced and also when it was increased faster than average wages in the mid-2000s. We also show that these falls in employment among part-time females are exacerbated by the recession.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Richard Dickens
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 11:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65115
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