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The Minimum Wage and the Great Recession: Evidence from the Current Population Survey

Jeffrey Clemens

NBER Working Paper No. 21830
Issued in December 2015

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Significant portions of text draw heavily on the text of Clemens and Wither (2014), which this paper supplements. This applies, in particular, to sections describing the minimum wage literature, the background associated with the minimum wage changes analyzed, the backdrop of this period's aggregate employment shifts, and the basic estimation framework. Special thanks to Michael Best, Marika Cabral, Joanna Lahey, Neale Mahoney, Day Manoli, Jonathan Meer, John Shoven, Michael Strain, Rob Valletta, and Stan Veuger, as well as to seminar participants at LSE and Marquette University, for valuable comments and discussions. Thanks also to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for their hospitality while working on this paper. Finally, special thanks to Jean Roth for greatly easing the navigation of the CPS-MORG files as made available through NBER. I gratefully acknowledge support from the UCSD Academic Senate through its small grant program. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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