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Introduction of a national minimum wage reduced depressive symptoms in low-wage workers: a quasi-natural experiment in the UK

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Does increasing incomes improve health? In 1999, the UK government implemented minimum wage legislation, increasing hourly wages to at least £3.60. This policy experiment created intervention and control groups that can be used to assess the effects of increasing wages on health. Longitudinal data were taken from the British Household Panel Survey. We compared the health effects of higher wages on recipients of the minimum wage with otherwise similar persons who were likely unaffected because...

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10.1002/hec.3336

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University of Oxford
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SSD
Department:
Sociology
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University of Oxford
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SSD
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Sociology
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European Commission
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278511
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal:
Health Economics More from this journal
Volume:
26
Issue:
5
Pages:
639–655
Publication date:
2016-04-04
Acceptance date:
2016-02-09
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1099-1050
ISSN:
1057-9230
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English
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2016-04-12

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