Do Minimum Wage Increases Influence Worker Health?
This study investigates whether minimum wage increases in the United States affect an important non-market outcome: worker health. To study this question, we use data on lesser-skilled workers from the 1993-2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys coupled with differences-in-differences and triple-difference models. We find little evidence that minimum wage increases lead to improvements in overall worker health. In fact, we find some evidence that minimum wage increases may decrease some aspects of health, especially among unemployed male workers. We also find evidence that increases reduce mental strain among employed workers.
We thank Paige Giafortune, Wendy Morrison, and Frank Spano for excellent research assistance. All errors are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Brady P. Horn & Johanna Catherine Maclean & Michael R. Strain, 2017. "DO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES INFLUENCE WORKER HEALTH?," Economic Inquiry, . citation courtesy of