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A Menu of Minimum Wage Variables for Evaluating Wages and Employment Effects : Evidence from Brazil

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dc.creator Lemos, Sara
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:09:52Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:09:52Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20304
dc.identifier ppn:383817420
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20304
dc.description The international literature on minimum wage greatly lacks empirical evidence from developing countries. Brazil?s minimum wage policy is a distinctive and central feature of the Brazilian economy. Not only are increases in the minimum wage large and frequent but the minimum wage has also been used as an anti-inflation policy in addition to its social role. This study estimates the effects of the minimum wage on both wages and employment using panel data techniques and Brazilian monthly household data from 1982 to 2000 at individual and regional levels. A number of conceptual and identification questions is discussed, for example: (1) Various strategies on how to best measure the effect of a constant (national) minimum wage are summarized in a ?menu? of minimum wage variables and used to estimate wage and employment effects. (2) An employment decomposition that separately estimates the effect of the minimum wage on hours worked and on the number of jobs is used. Robust results indicate that an increase in the minimum wage strongly compresses the wages distribution with moderately small adverse effects on employment.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1069
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J38
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject minimum wage
dc.subject wage effect
dc.subject employment effect
dc.subject informal sector
dc.subject public sector
dc.subject Brazil
dc.subject Mindestlohn
dc.subject Lohnniveau
dc.subject Beschäftigungseffekt
dc.subject Brasilien
dc.title A Menu of Minimum Wage Variables for Evaluating Wages and Employment Effects : Evidence from Brazil
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper
dc.coverage 1982-2000

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