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Minimum-wage impact on 50/10 wage gap, 1979–2009

Change in 50/10 wage gap* Change explained by minimum wage
Actual
change
Minimum-wage
effect
1979–1991
Women 22.4 7.3 32.6%
Men 11.2 0.8 7.1
All 7.1 3.0 42.3
1979–2009
Women 25.2 16.5 65.5%
Men 5.3 0.6 11.3
All 11.4 6.5 57.0

* Change in the (log) gap between wages of workers at the 50th percentile relative to wages of those at the 10th percentile

Source: Authors' analysis of Autor, Manning, and Smith (2010, Table 5)

Updated May 17, 2012

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Analysis is of Autor, Manning, and Smith (2010), Table 5.

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