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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