Impact Of Minimum Wage On Unemployment

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TOPIC: THE IMPACT OF MINIMUM WAGE LEGISLATION ON EARNINGS AND EMPLOYMENT ABSTACT This paper will discuss the meaning and impact of minimum wage legislation on earnings and employment. It will give theoretical explanation on how the fixing of minimum wage will affect the workers in the labour market, especially the low wage workers. It will explain how the labour market will react with an increase in the minimum wage legislation. INTRODUCTION The concept of minimum wage is an age-long economic issue that has been repeated over periods and economic cycles. Minimum wage however has been the subject of economic discourse over the years in different countries even before the international Labour Organization (ILO) was created ( Hyginus 2010).…show more content…
The minimum wage is set at Wm and if the minimum wage is set at that point, at point A demand for labour drops at E1 and supply of labour (point B) increases to E2. IMPACT OF MINIMUM WAGE ON EMPLOYMENT As it was stated above the basic competitive model is what is used to set the minimum wage. Therefore using the basic competitive model the effect of minimum wage legislation will be observed (positive or negative effect). The graph below is going to explain in detail; the effects of minimum wage on employment wages D S WM C D

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