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Source: Christian Dustmann et. al., “Reallocation Effects of the Minimum Wage,” Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration Discussion paper 07/20, University College London, February 2020.
Commentary: Germany implemented a minimum wage of €8.50 in 2015, impacting 15 percent of the country’s workers. A new study puts to rest concerns that the wage increases would kill jobs, showing that the policy had no impact on the unemployment rate of low-income workers. Further, the study finds that the minimum wage increased wage growth for low-income workers making more than the minimum wage by 2.3 percentage points—25 percent of which is attributable workers moving to larger firms with higher productivity and wages.