William L. Wascher

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We review the burgeoning literature on the employment effects of minimum wages – in the United States and in other countries – that was spurred by the new minimum wage research beginning in the early 1990s. Our review indicates that there is a wide range of existing estimates and, accordingly, a lack of consensus about the overall effects on low-wage(More)
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authors are grateful to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for research support. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the management of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco or the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Abstract This paper provides the first application of the(More)
The views expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the National Bureau of Economic Research. ABSTRACT This paper evaluates the effects of the earned income tax credit (EITC) on poor families. Exploiting state-level variation in EITCs, we find that the EITC helps families rise above poverty-level earnings. This occurs by inducing(More)
Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and not those of the institute. Research disseminated by IZA may include views on policy, but the institute itself takes no institutional policy positions. The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn is a local and virtual international research center and a place of communication between(More)
two paragraphs, may be quoted without explicit permission provided that full credit, including © notice, is given to the source. ABSTRACT We estimate the employment effects of changes in national minimum wages using a pooled cross-section time-series data set comprising sixteen OECD countries for the period 1975-1997. We pay particular attention to the(More)
Working papers of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comment on research in progress. They may not have been subject to the formal editorial review accorded official Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland publications. The views stated herein are those of the authors and are not(More)
We explore how the effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are influenced by the level of the minimum wage. Our results indicate that the EITC boosts employment and earnings for single women with children, and coupling the EITC with a higher minimum wage enhances this positive effect. In contrast, employment and earnings of less-skilled minority men(More)