ifo DICE Report 4/2018
In this issue we compare different levels and characteristics of minimum wages across countries and discuss their effects.
Minimum Wages Across Countries
Minimum wages remain a controversial policy tool. Their effects on employment in particular are widely debated both by academics and politicians. Research is inconclusive and often depends on the specific context and the research methodology applied. While most EU member states have minimum wages in place, there are a few member states that do not have a minimum wage. Germany has only recently introduced a minimum wage in 2015 and large negative employment effects seem not to have occurred. This Forum illustrates the implementation and effects of the minimum wage from the perspective of different European countries.
New data available
The DICE Database features new datasets on the following topics.
Minimum Wage Exemptions
Overview of Minimum Wages in Industrialised Countries (2018)
The database article zooms in on the statutory minimum wage in different countries around the world, looking at levels, characteristics, determination, trends, and exemptions.
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