Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Economics

Content Description

1 online resource (xiii, 122 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Adrian Masters

Committee Members

Chun-Yu Ho, Benjamin S Griffy


Minimum wage, Unskilled labor, Labor supply, Mobile commerce, Consumer behavior

Subject Categories



The first two chapters in this dissertation discuss the effect of the minimum wage on the intensive margin. While the effect of the minimum wage on the extensive margin of employment has been long debated, the literature about its effects on the intensive margin remains sparse. Given the fact that more than one-third of minimum wage workers in the U.S. are part-time employees, the studies on the intensive margin of the minimum wage are as important as the one about extensive margin. The first chapter analyzes the effects of the minimum wage on the dispersion of work hours among low-educated workers, whose educational attainment is a high school diploma or less. I obtain a positive correlation between the variance of work hours and federal minimum wages in the Current Population Survey. Using Panel Study of Income Dynamics, I find a positive effect of minimum wages on the dispersion of work hours among less-educated workers.

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