Minimum Wage Legislation, Enforcement and Labour Outcomes in Argentina, Costa Rica and South Africa

Labour market regulations, particularly minimum wage policies, remain highly contentious and poorly understood issues, both within academic and policy circles. Some argue that such regulations are effective mechanisms for redistributing income and enhancing the wellbeing of workers. Others see them as a cause of greater labour informality and unemployment. There is little empirical evidence on the impact - intended or unintended - of such reforms on labour market outcomes and even less on the effect of increased compliance.

This project will endeavor to provide empirical evidence on the functioning and impact of minimum wage legislation and its enforcement in Argentina, Costa Rica and South Africa. The overall goal is to inform policies aimed at improving labour market outcomes in the three countries and beyond.

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

End Date

Monday, August 5, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Melesse, Martha

Total funding

CA$ 421,218


Argentina, South America, Costa Rica, North and Central America, South Africa, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Lucas Ronconi


Fundación Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento

Institution Country


Institution Website

Project Leader

Prof. Haroon Bhorat


University of Cape Town

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

Project Leader

Juan Diego Trejos-Solórzano


Universidad de Costa Rica

Institution Country

Costa Rica

Institution Website