Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health

Effects of the Minimum Wage on Infant Health

0502_Infant_lg.jpgThe minimum wage has increased in multiple states over the past three
decades. Research has focused on effects on labor supply, but very
little is known about how the minimum wage affects health, including
children’s health. We address this knowledge gap and provide an
investigation focused on examining the impact of the effective state
minimum wage rate on infant health. Using data on the entire
universe of births in the US over 25 years, we find that an increase
in the minimum wage is associated with an increase in birth weight
driven by increased gestational length and fetal growth rate. The
effect size is meaningful and plausible. We also find evidence of an
increase in prenatal care use and a decline in smoking during
pregnancy, which are some channels through which minimum wage can
affect infant health.

By George Wehby, Dhaval Dave, Robert Kaestner – #22373 (CH HC HE LE LS PE)

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Moz of Yarramulla
Moz of Yarramulla
5 years ago

Sadly predictable but nonetheless shocking? If you do “think of the children” in a positive way, further evidence that funding early childhood pays off big time. I’d rather see government spending on pre-childhood than pre-crime :)

I’m sure the far right of Australian politics will trumpet this as yet more evidence of their superior economic management. I wonder if ScoMo will have the guts to stand up and say “see, lifting the minimum wage just encourages the poor and indigent to breed” (and I wonder how many of his audience would hear that as “indigenous”). Sorry, charity lacking, I’ve been exposed to too much of the mendacious lying from that side of politics recently.