This paper presents a simple model to characterize the discriminatory behavior of a non-complying firm in a minimum-wage economy. In the analysis, the violating firm pays one "favored" group of workers the statutory minimum and the other "non-favored" group of workers a sub-minimum. We find conditions under which law enforcement is ineffective in improving the between-group wage differentials. We show that an increase in the minimum wage raises the sub-minimum wage and employment of workers in the non-favored group, but reduces the employment of workers in the favored group. The effect of the minimum wage increase on total employment is unambiguously negative, however.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Apr 12 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)