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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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Identification Number: 10.1257/app.2.4.128


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.

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Additional Information: © 2010 American Economics Association
Subjects: 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
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 11:34
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2013 11:34

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