Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 725-734

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Is there consensus among American labor economists? Survey results on forty propositions

  • Robert WhaplesAffiliated withWake Forest University

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I examine whether consensus exists among American labor economists on forty propositions by analyzing responses to a questionnaire mailed to 193 randomly selected labor economists who are members of the American Economic Association. The questions address many of the important debates in labor economics. The answers show consensus on a number of issues, including the belief that minimum wage laws decrease employment, and a rejection of comparable worth’s merits. However, there is substantial disagreement about the impact of unions, the amount of discrimination in the labor market, the trend of average real wages, and several other topics.