Journal of Labor Research

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 463–477 | Cite as

Fast food and unnatural experiments: Another perspective on the New Jersey minimum wage

  • Don Bellante
  • Gabriel Picone
Symposium Minimum Wages, Entry-Level Employment and Employees, and the Transition from Welfare to Work


We have argued that the difference-in-differences method of examining the effects of the New Jersey minimum wage, especially when the differences in differences are measured shortly after the change, is questionable. That being the case, if we nonetheless take this method seriously, and if following Card and Krueger we look at the data shortly before and after the New Jersey minimum was imposed, then the only statistically significant evidence we can find supports the conclusion that the New Jersey minimum reduced employment of young workers.


Minimum Wage Fast Food Employment Growth Relative Employment Current Population Survey Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don Bellante
    • 1
  • Gabriel Picone
    • 1
  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampa

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