Saturday, April 29, 2017

Minimum wage increases lead to worse health outcomes among men

See Do minimum wage increases influence worker health? by Brady P. Horn, Johanna Catherine Maclean and Michael R. Strain. From AEI.

This study investigates whether minimum wage increases impact worker health in the United States. We consider self-reported measures of general, mental, and physical health. We use data on lesser-skilled workers from the 1993 to 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Among men, we find no evidence that minimum wage increases improve health; instead, we find that such increases lead to worse health outcomes, particularly among unemployed men. We find both worsening general health and improved mental health following minimum wage increases among women. These findings broaden our understanding of the full impacts of minimum wage increases on lesser-skill workers.

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