Do Minimum Wage Laws Affect People Who are Not Covered?

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Early Career Research Award


Although federal minimum wage has increased three times over the 2007 through 2009 period, agriculture is one sector in which workers are often exempt from minimum wage provisions. This study examines secondary effects of minimum wage legislation, particularly those effects on wages and employment of workers who are not explicitly covered. Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Agricultural Workers Survey, the author examines realized wages for agricultural workers, both documented and undocumented, before and after federal and state minimum wage changes.