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When Do Living Wages Bite?

Scott Adams, David Neumark

NBER Working Paper No. 10561
Issued in June 2004
NBER Program(s):   LS

Many features of living wage laws may influence the strength of their effects on wages and employment of low-skill individuals. Echoing past research, business assistance living wage laws generate stronger wage increases and employment reductions than contractor-only laws. But broader enforcement or implementation and geographic concentration of living wage laws also appear to strengthen their effects. Finally, geographic concentration may be more significant than the distinction between business assistance and contractor-only living wage laws.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w10561

Published: Adams, Scott, and David Neumark. “When Do Living Wages Bite?” Industrial Relations (2005): 164-192.

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