Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage - Twentieth-Anniversary Edition
Princeton University Press, Dec 22, 2015 - Business & Economics - 456 pages
David Card and Alan B. Krueger have already made national news with their pathbreaking research on the minimum wage. Here they present a powerful new challenge to the conventional view that higher minimum wages reduce jobs for low-wage workers. In a work that has important implications for public policy as well as for the direction of economic research, the authors put standard economic theory to the test, using data from a series of recent episodes, including the 1992 increase in New Jersey's minimum wage, the 1988 rise in California's minimum wage, and the 1990-91 increases in the federal minimum wage. In each case they present a battery of evidence showing that increases in the minimum wage lead to increases in pay, but no loss in jobs.
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CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Overview
Evidence from the FastFood Industry
CHAPTER 3 Statewide Evidence on the Effect of the 1988 California Minimum Wage
Evidence from CrossState Comparisons
CHAPTER 5 Additional Employment Outcomes
CHAPTER 6 Evaluation of TimeSeries Evidence
CHAPTER 7 Evaluation of CrossSection and PanelData Evidence
CHAPTER 8 International Evidence
CHAPTER 9 How the Minimum Wage Affects the Distribution of Wages the Distribution of Family Earnings and Poverty
CHAPTER 10 How Much Do Employers and Shareholders Lose?
CHAPTER 11 Is There an Explanation? Alternative Models of the Labor Market and the Minimum Wage
CHAPTER 12 Conclusions and Implications