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Minimum wages and earnings inequality in urban Mexico

Bosch, Mariano and Manacorda, Marco (2010) Minimum wages and earnings inequality in urban Mexico. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2 (4). pp. 128-149. ISSN 1945-7782

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the contribution of the minimum wage to the well documented rise in earnings inequality in Mexico between the late 1980s and the early 2000s. We find that a substantial part of the growth in inequality, and essentially all of the growth in inequality in the bottom end of the distribution, is due to the steep decline in the real value of the minimum wage.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.aeaweb.org/aej-applied/
Additional Information: © 2010 American Economics Association
Library of Congress subject classification: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J38 - Public Policy
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O15 - Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Regional, Urban, and Rural Analyses
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 11:34
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54978/

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