Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

@article{Card1993MinimumWA,
  title={Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania},
  author={David Card and Alan B. Krueger},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  year={1993}
}
On April 1, 1992 New Jersey's minimum wage increased from $4.25 to $5.05 per hour. To evaluate the impact of the law we surveyed 410 fast food restaurants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before and after the rise in the minimum. Comparisons of the changes in wages, employment, and prices at stores in New Jersey relative to stores in Pennsylvania (where the minimum wage remained fixed at $4.25 per hour) yield simple estimates of the effect of the higher minimum wage. Our empirical findings… 
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