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  • Survey of US Economists on a $15 Federal Minimum Wage

    March 2019

    Across the nation, lawmakers continue to grapple with the viability and impact of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The debate has become heated and some states and cities have already enacted increases they believe will benefit workers. While the true impact of these increases is still being discovered, recent surveys of businesses, franchises and other groups suggest that such minimum wage raises may actually harm workers, [...]
  • The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage: Up to 2 Million Jobs Lost

    January 2019

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi boasted that a $15 minimum wage would pass “in the first 100 hours” of a new Democratic-controlled Congress. It might be good politics, but is a $15 minimum wage good economics? This month, the Employment Policies Institute released its first-ever book on the $15 minimum wage, “Fighting $15: An Evaluation of the Evidence and a Case for Caution.” This policy brief summarizes [...]
  • Fighting $15?: An Evaluation of the Evidence and a Case for Caution

    January 2019

    Click here for a policy brief of the book's findings. In his 2013 State of the Union, President Obama called for a 25 percent increase in the federal minimum wage, to $9 an hour. Five years later, the Democratic Party promised a minimum wage increase of more than 100 percent, to $15 an hour. This radical evolution in what constitutes an acceptable minimum wage can be [...]