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IAB-LASER Virtual Seminar Series on Minimum Wages and Low Wage Policies

The aim of the weekly seminar series is to discuss recent developments in the area of minimum wage research based on experiences from around the world. Minimum wages continue to be a highly relevant area of research and their labour market consequences, for employment in particular, are still debated contentiously. In line with the predictions of a perfectly competitive labour market concerning the effect of a binding wage floor, early empirical analysis produced evidence that minimum wage led to employment losses. By contrast, more recent studies – based on evidence from the US, the UK and, more recently, Germany – came to the conclusion that minimum wage policies often resulted in desirable labour market outcomes. This debate is still on-going and the empirical literature is focusing on questions concerning the suitability of control groups in the evaluation of minimum wage policies. Since minimum wages are typically not set in isolation, but on top of pre-existing social safety nets, poverty-preventing policies and wage-setting regimes that are based on collective bargaining, it is interesting to discuss such policies in line with minimum wage policies.

Date, Time and Location

Seminars will be organized virtually and will take place weekly during May and July on Monday or Wednesday afternoons (17pm Central European Time; 11am Eastern Standard Time).


Please register for each session individually:


Invited speakers include Ellora Derenoncourt (Berkeley) and Till von Wachter (University of California, Los Angeles)

Scientific Committee

  • Melanie Arntz from Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) and University of Heidelberg

  • Mario Bossler from IAB and Labor and Socio-Economic Research Center (LASER)

  • Bernd Fitzenberger from IAB and Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

  • Duncan Roth from IAB

  • Claus Schnabel from FAU, LASER and Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH)

  • Matthias Umkehrer from IAB

Technical Advices

The seminars will be streamed via Zoom.

For a smooth participation in the seminars we recommend:

  • a current browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge Chromium)
  • When opening the invitation links to the seminars, you can decide whether you want to participate via the Zoom client or via the browser. Installing the Zoom client and dialing into an event via the "Zoom Client" offers more options.
  • use of a headset or microphone
  • optional use of a camera