Minimum Wage on Migrant Workers and Its Employment Effect: A Case Study of the Yangtze River Delta Region before and after the Financial Crisis

Li Xiaochun, He Ping, Yu Zhou

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Abstract

Based on the model of buyer's monopoly, this article takes the Yangtze River Delta Region as an example to analyze the employment effect of minimum wage on migrant workers. Empirical study of statistical data from seven cities in the region demonstrates that minimum wage could contribute to employment of migrant workers. With the impact of the financial crisis, market adjustment could disturb and destabilize the positive effect of minimum wage policies. Therefore, government should take active measures and interfere in the labor market to maintain targeted employment level and economic growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-995
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in Regional Science
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employment Effect
  • Migrant Workers
  • Minimum Wage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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