Minimum Wages and Racial Inequality*

@article{Derenoncourt2020MinimumWA,
  title={Minimum Wages and Racial Inequality*},
  author={Ellora Derenoncourt and Claire Montialoux},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
  year={2020}
}
The earnings difference between white and black workers fell dramatically in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This article shows that the expansion of the minimum wage played a critical role in this decline. The 1966 Fair Labor Standards Act extended federal minimum wage coverage to agriculture, restaurants, nursing homes, and other services that were previously uncovered and where nearly a third of black workers were employed. We digitize over 1,000 hourly wage… 
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