Thematic series on Reforming Minimum Wage and Labor Regulation Policies in Developing Economies

Minimum wages are a central aspect of the policy discourse in developing and transition economies, with diametrically opposite perspectives dominating the debate. Theory is ambiguous, and at its core this is an empirical question, not least because enforcement can vary across countries. The papers in this collection conduct detailed and country specific analyses of the consequences of minimum wage policies for China, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Honduras and South Africa. They provide the empirical foundations for a reasoned debate on this contentious policy question." (Guest Editors: Haroon Bhorat, Ravi Kanbur and Shi Li)



  1. Original article

    Regional variation of the minimum wages in China

    This paper analyzes the regional variation of minimum wage in China. We first introduce the institutional background of China’s minimum-wage policy and then describe the regional variation of the minimum wages...

    Chunbing Xing and Jianwei Xu

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2016 5:8

    Published on: 28 April 2016

  2. Original article

    The effect of doubling the minimum wage on employment: evidence from Russia

    We take advantage of a natural experiment in the minimum wage setting in Russia to study the employment consequences of large hikes in the minimum wage. In September 2007, the Russian government raised the fed...

    Alexander Muravyev and Aleksey Oshchepkov

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2016 5:6

    Published on: 29 March 2016

  3. ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Minimum wage violations in Honduras

    This article studies minimum wage non-compliance in Honduras, a dual labor market with high wage floors that are weakly enforced. However, rather than just counting how many workers earn sub-minimum wages, it ...

    Andrés Ham

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2015 4:22

    Published on: 15 December 2015

  4. ORIGINAL ARTICLE

    Does the minimum wage reduce wage inequality? Evidence from Thailand

    Most of the minimum wage literature in developing countries provides supporting evidence of its effectiveness in reducing wage inequality. Using minimum wage data from Thailand (1985–2010), I find rather mixed...

    Attakrit Leckcivilize

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2015 4:21

    Published on: 10 December 2015

  5. Original article

    Impact of minimum wage on gender wage gaps in urban China

    This paper provides evidence on whether the minimum wage (MW) has affected gender wage gaps in urban China. Several major conclusions emerge. First, from 1995 to 2007, the proportion of workers whose wages wer...

    Shi Li and Xinxin Ma

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2015 4:20

    Published on: 30 November 2015

  6. Original article

    Partial minimum wage compliance

    In many developing countries, a significant portion of the wage distribution is found below the legal minimum wage. In order to fully understand the nature of this non-compliance, we need to compare the counte...

    Haroon Bhorat, Ravi Kanbur and Benjamin Stanwix

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2015 4:18

    Published on: 16 November 2015

  7. Original article

    Compliance with legal minimum wages and overtime pay regulations in China

    We use a matched firm-employee data set to examine the extent of compliance with minimum wage and overtime pay regulations in Chinese formal sector firms. We find evidence that there is broad compliance with l...

    Linxiang Ye, TH Gindling and Shi Li

    IZA Journal of Labor & Development 2015 4:16

    Published on: 13 October 2015

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