Andrew Seltzer

Department of Economics
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom
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Institutional Affiliation: Royal Holloway, University of London

NBER Working Papers and Publications

April 2020The Rise of American Minimum Wages, 1912-1968
with Price V. Fishback: w26937
We describe the economic history of the rise of the American minimum wage between 1910 and 1968. Each new FLSA amendment led to a new peak in the real purchasing power of the national minimum. Exemptions to the FLSA were progressively closed and the share of workers covered finally increased from about 50 percent of the private sector workforce in 1937, to 77 percent of the private sector and 40 percent of the public sector workforce in 1966. By the late 1970s coverage was nearly complete, with only the smallest employers exempted. We describe the political economic history of the minimum wage laws, as well as the debates among economists. Another key feature is a renewed emphasis on the roles played by the states in passing the original minimum wage laws for women. The states filled some ...
May 2017Co-authorship in Economic History and Economics: Are We Any Different?
with Daniel S. Hamermesh: w23404
Over the last six decades articles published in leading economic history journals have been less likely to be co-authored than articles published in leading general economics journals. However, in both economic history and general economics journals there have been strong, monotonic increases in the number of authors per article and the fraction of co-authored papers. Economics and economic history differ in the nature of collaboration, in that co-authorships in economic history are more likely to be formed of individuals of different seniority as compared to economics generally.

Published: Andrew J. Seltzer & Daniel S. Hamermesh, 2018. "Co-authorship in Economic History and Economics: Are We Any Different?," Explorations in Economic History, . citation courtesy of

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