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Does raising the minimum wage help the poor?

Leigh, Andrew


What is the impact of raising the minimum wage on family incomes? Analysing the characteristics of low wage workers, I find that those who earn near-minimum wages are disproportionately female, unmarried and young, without post-school qualifications and overseas born. About one-third of near-minimum wage workers are the sole worker in their household. Due to low labour force participation rates in the poorest households, minimum wage workers are most likely to be in middle-income households....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: The Economic Record
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2007.00432.x


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