The Minimum Wage and Worker Productivity: A Case Study of California Strawberry Pickers

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2203 SS&H Andrews Conference Room | UC Davis

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Alexandra Hill
Ph.D. Student, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
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This paper investigates how the minimum wage and piece-rate wages interact to affect worker productivity. Piece rate wages are a common payment type in industries where supervision is costly relative to directly measuring output. For piece rate workers, the minimum wage sets a lower bound on their hourly earnings. In this paper, I use timestamp and payroll data from a California strawberry producer to examine how a minimum wage change affects worker productivity in the short and long-run.

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