Minimum Wage Impacts on Older Workers: Longitudinal Estimates from Canada
Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 371–387, June 2009
How to Cite
Fang, T. and Gunderson, M. (2009), Minimum Wage Impacts on Older Workers: Longitudinal Estimates from Canada. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47: 371–387. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00724.x
- Issue published online: 12 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 12 MAY 2009
- Final version accepted on 27 September 2008.
We use the longitudinal nature of the master file of the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics in Canada for the period 1993–99 to estimate the employment impacts for older workers of the large number (24) of minimum wage increases that have occurred across the different provincial jurisdictions over that period. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the minimum wage increases have positive impacts on the employment of older workers compared with the negative impacts that are commonly estimated for youths in Canada. The results are robust across various comparison groups and measures of the minimum wage increases. Reasons for this unusual finding are discussed.