When Do Living Wages Bite?
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2004
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 164–192, January 2005
How to Cite
ADAMS, S. and NEUMARK, D. (2005), When Do Living Wages Bite?. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 44: 164–192. doi: 10.1111/j.0019-8676.2004.00377.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2004
Many features of living wage laws may influence the strength of their effects on wages and employment of low-skill individuals. Echoing past research, business assistance living wage laws generate stronger wage increases and employment reductions than contractor-only laws. But broader enforcement or implementation and geographic concentration of living wage laws also appear to strengthen their effects. Finally, geographic concentration may be more significant than the distinction between business assistance and contractor-only living wage laws.