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Santos Miguel Ruesga-Benito
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Spain
Biography
Fernando Ignacio González-Laxe
Universidade da Coruña
Biography
Jose Picatoste
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Spain
Vol. 6 No. 2 (2017), Articles, pages 171-190
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17979/ejge.2017.6.2.4328
Submitted: Sep 24, 2018 Published: Dec 31, 2017
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The minimum wage establishment has its origin in the first third of the last century. Since its creation has been a focus of continuing controversy and an unfinished debate on economics field. This work reviews the effects of the minimum wage on employment and other macroeconomic variables, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The method is based on the revision of the literature and the main economic indicators. The central contribution of this paper is providing a general reflection on theoretical and empirical analysis about the debate on minimum wage and its effects. The results showed that some labor policies are taking account the effects of austerity strategies, shifting the attention towards the implementation of minimum wages or their updating, in order to reduce the growing inequalities in the distribution of income, and even poverty levels.

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