Minimum Wage, Public Investment, Economic Growth


This paper considers the relationship between economic growth and minimum wage. Minimum wage helps reduce poverty and maintain a minimum standard of living. However, it is also claimed that minimum wage has a negative effect on employment and GDP. This paper develops a simple two-period overlapping generation model with three economic policies, minimum wage, unemployment benefit, and public investment that improves labor productivity. The government imposes tax on firms to finance public capital and unemployment benefit under a balanced budget. We show that economic growth is promoted with an increase in minimum wage and the ratio of public investment to tax revenue.

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M. Watanabe, "Minimum Wage, Public Investment, Economic Growth," Theoretical Economics Letters, Vol. 3 No. 5, 2013, pp. 288-291. doi: 10.4236/tel.2013.35048.

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