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Honors Project - Open Access


In this paper, I explore how the probability of a student being in different combinations of enrolled/not enrolled and employed/unemployed/not in the labor force is affected by an increase in the minimum wage. I use binomial logistic regression, and experiment with both state and county level of observation and fixed effects. I also use year fixed effects. I find that when either the nominal or real minimum wage increases, the probability of a student being employed and enrolled increases, while the probability of being in any of the other groups decreases. However, these changes are not substantial. I determine that these results are relatively consistent for both boys and girls. My results are robust to a variety of specifications. The analyses of gender and real vs nominal wage are previously unexplored, and mark my main contributions to the existing literature.



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