ERIC Number: ED081911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
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The Impact of Extending Minimal Wages to Private Household Workers.
Mattila, J. Peter
This study analyzed the potential impact of an extension of minimum wage legislation to cover household maids and servants. Through empirical analysis of Longitudinal Labor Market Survey data on women aged 14-24 and 30-44, and consumer price survey data, the study concluded that the 1971 hourly earnings of approximately one-half of all maids amounts to less than $1.40, and predicted that if legislation were enacted in 1971 raising their minimum wage to $1.60 per hour, the effective demand for maids would be reduced by 40%. The report pointed out that domestics' wages have risen very rapidly, have led to a substantial decline in domestic employment, and that in 1970 there were only about one-fifth as many maids per household as in 1900. (NTIS)
Descriptors: Attendants, Household Workers, Labor Force, Labor Market, Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage Legislation
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-204 585, MF $1.45, HC $3.00)
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.