Minimum Wages, Import Status, and Firms' Innovation: Theory and Evidence from China



Chu, Chi-Ho Angus ORCID: 0000-0002-7196-1277, Fan, Haichao, Furukawa, Yuichi, Kou, Zonglai and Liu, Xueyue
(2020) Minimum Wages, Import Status, and Firms' Innovation: Theory and Evidence from China. Economic Inquiry.

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Abstract

This study explores the heterogeneous effects of minimum wage on innovation of different types of firms. We develop an open‐economy R&D‐based growth model and obtain the following result: raising the minimum wage reduces innovation of firms that use domestic inputs but increases innovation of firms that import foreign inputs. We test this result using city‐level data on minimum wages and firm‐level patent data in China. In accordance with our theory, we find that raising the minimum wage is associated with more innovation by importing firms and less by non‐importing firms. This result survives a battery of robustness checks. (JEL E24, F43, O31)

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 14:29
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 07:21
DOI: 10.1111/ecin.12933
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3095118