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The Employment Effects of Lower Minimum Wage Rates for Young Workers: Canadian Evidence
Article first published online: 28 SEP 2011
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 629–655, October 2011
How to Cite
SHANNON, M. (2011), The Employment Effects of Lower Minimum Wage Rates for Young Workers: Canadian Evidence. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 50: 629–655. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00655.x
- Issue published online: 28 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 28 SEP 2011
Between 1986 and 1998, six of the ten Canadian provinces abolished their lower minimum wage rates for younger teenage workers. Using data from the Canadian Labour Force Survey, this paper evaluates the effects of abolition on the employment and weekly hours worked of 15- to 16-year-olds using teenagers in provinces where there is no legislative change and young people above the age to which youth rates applied as control groups. The results provide some evidence that abolishing these youth rates significantly lowered employment and work hours of 15- to 16-year-olds, but the lack of evidence for some jurisdictions and patterns of effects using age controls do raise some questions regarding the interpretation of the results.