Minimum wages and employment: report commissioned by the Australian Fair Pay Commission, 2006


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Author: Lewis, Philip E. T.

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Curtin University. Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR)


The purpose of this paper is to provide a succinct overview of the employment effects of minimum wages. It summarises the evidence from research in Australia and overseas and provides a framework in which this research and policy on minimum wages can be discussed. The structure of the paper is as follows: an overview of Australian and international evidence from selected countries is followed by a discussion of the theoretical context in which these results can be evaluated; and, finally, gaps in the literature and some suggestions for future research are presented. Published Excerpt...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Research; Statistics; Income; Finance; Disadvantaged

Keywords: Minimum wage; Wage; Literature review; Statistical data; Wage differential; Wage rate; Low income group

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Fair Pay Commission, 2006

Physical description: 28 p.

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Series: Research report; no. 1/06

ISBN: 0980291941

Statement of responsibility: P. Lewis, Centre for Labour Market Research

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 92.572

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