The Federal Minimum Wage, Inflation, and Employment

John F. Boschen, Herschel I. Grossman

NBER Working Paper No. 652 (Also Reprint No. r0242)
Issued in April 1981
NBER Program(s):   EFG   LS

This study investigates the effects of Federal minimum wage policy on mini-mum wage employment, aggregate employment, and average wage rates. The theoretical analysis focuses on the possible effect of the Federal minimum wage in constraining wages and employment in a subset of labor markets, on the possible responses of labor suppliers to these constraints, and on the possible role of the policy of presetting the nominal minimum wage in making monetary policy nonneutral. Among the elements of the theoretical framework that are both distinctive and important are the assumptions that both the demands and supplies of labor services in the subset of constrained markets depend on the expected relative minimum wage in the near and distant future, as well as on the current relative minimum wage and on past levels of employment, and that the relevant expectations of both workers and employers about relative minimum wages are "rational."

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w0652

Published: Boschen, John F. and Grossman, Herschel I. "The Federal Minimum Wage, Employment, and Inflation. Report of the Minimum Wage Study Commission, Vol. VI,(June 1981), pp. 19-43.

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