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The Finance and Economics Discussion Series logo links to FEDS home page Minimum Wage Effects of Employment and School Enrollment: Reply to Evans and Turner
David Neumark and William Wascher

Abstract: In earlier work, we presented results suggesting that minimum wage increases have important consequences for both the employment opportunities of youths and their decision to enroll in school. In this paper, we show that the recent claim made by William Evans and Mark Turner that our results are sensitive to changes in the definition of the enrollment rate is based upon an analysis that uses a mismeasured minimum wage index. When the data are constructed properly, our original conclusions are not affected by changes in the enrollment definition.

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