THE EMPLOYMENT EFFECTS OF THE OREGON 1997-99 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES: ESTIMATION THROUGH GEOGRAPHICAL WAGE VARIATION
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This paper evaluates the employment effects of the 1996 initiative to raise minimum wages in Oregon. It exploits geographical wage variation at the county and MSA levels in order to estimate the relationship between the proportion “low paid” in a given area and the change in both the employment rate and total employment after the 1997-99 minimum wage increases. No evidence is found to indicate that the minimum wage increases produced adverse employment effects.