Predicting the impact of a national minimum wage: are the general equilibrium models up to the task?

Servaas Storm, G. Isaacs

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Abstract

This article analyses whether computable general equilibrium (CGE) models are suitable for projecting the likely consequences of implementing a national minimum wage. Referring to modelling exercises undertaken by the National Treasury and the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU), it shows that their projection of a strongly negative impact on employment and other macroeconomic indicators is a direct result of the architecture and assumptions of these models. By design these models preclude alternative outcomes; this renders them rather unsuitable as guides to policymaking.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEcon3x3
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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