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Minimum Wages, Inequality and Globalization

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dc.creator Terrell, Katherine
dc.creator Gindling, T. H.
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:10:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:10:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20398
dc.identifier ppn:388189150
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20398
dc.description This paper contributes to our understanding of the impact of institutions on incomes of workers in developing countries by rigorously addressing the question as to whether changes in minimum wages can change the inequality of the distribution of earnings. More specifically, we analyze whether changes in Costa Rica?s complex institution of multiple minimum wages in the 1980s and 1990s acted as a countervailing force to the unequalizing effect of globalization. Using annual data on workers from the 1987-1997 household surveys, it is shown that changes in the legal minimum wages did indeed have an effect on wage inequality and that these changes would not have been captured using the simple interpretation of minimum wages found in much of the literature.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1160
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J38
dc.subject J31
dc.subject J23
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject minimum wages
dc.subject employment
dc.subject wages
dc.subject Costa Rica
dc.subject Mindestlohn
dc.subject Wirtschaftspolitische Wirkungsanalyse
dc.subject Lohnstruktur
dc.subject Einkommensverteilung
dc.subject Beschäftigungseffekt
dc.subject Globalisierung
dc.subject Costa Rica
dc.title Minimum Wages, Inequality and Globalization
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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