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The effects of minimum wages on employment: theory and evidence from Britain

Dickens, Richard and Machin, Stephen and Manning, Alan (1994) The effects of minimum wages on employment: theory and evidence from Britain. CEP Discussion Papers, CEPDP0183. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: CEPDP0183

Abstract

Since the abolition of the Wages Councils in September 1993, agriculture is the only sector in the UK economy covered by any form of minimum wage legislation. This paper investigates the impact of the system of minimum wages on the level and structure of earnings and employment in agriculture. On wages, our main conclusion is that the minimum wages set by the AWBs are important determinants of the average level and distribution of earnings in UK agriculture. On employment, our main conclusion is that there is no evidence that minimum wages have reduced the level of employment in agriculture. If anything, our estimates imply a weak positive impact of minimum wages on employment. There are no significant differences between men and women.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/_new/publications/series.asp?...
Additional Information: © 1994 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2013 15:34
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 15:34
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51659

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