Evaluating the Impact of the National Minimum Wage: Evidence from a New Survey of Firms in Ireland.
O'Neill, Donal and Nolan, Brian and Williams, James (2002) Evaluating the Impact of the National Minimum Wage: Evidence from a New Survey of Firms in Ireland. .
In April 2000 the Irish government introduced a national minimum wage of Â£4.40 an hour. We use data from a specially designed survey of firms to estimate the employment effects of this change. Employment growth among firms with low-wage workers prior to the legislation was no different to that of firms not affected by the legislation. A more refined measure of the minimum wage, however, suggests that the legislation may have had a negative effect on employment for the small number of firms most severely affected by the legislation. However the size of these effects are still relatively modest.
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