The impact of the minimum wage on employment and hours, including the impact on young workers

The aim of the research is to assess the impact of the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) in April 2016 and its successive updating on employment and hours worked.

It will be based on an individual-level analyses of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) quarterly longitudinal dataset and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).

Whilst using a standard difference-in-differences approach, the analysis will reflect recent developments in the literature, such as the importance of reporting minimum detectable effects and elasticities, to provide greater insight into the economic significance of results.

Our ongoing research was cited in the Low Pay Commission's 2018 report, containing analysis and evidence underpinning its National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage recommendations.