EPI Research (Page 4)

  • Effective Marginal Tax Rates on Low Income Households

    February 1999

    Major shifts in public policy invariably produce unintended consequences. Nowhere is this more clear than in policies affecting the working poor. In this paper, Professor Daniel Shaviro of New York University demonstrates that America’s working poor are subject to punishing marginal tax rate effects that can sap most — and, in some cases, all — of the higher earnings accompanying their wage increases. Professor Shaviro[…]
  • The Baltimore Living Wage Study: Omissions, Fabrications and Flaws

    October 1998

    In December 1994, Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke signed into law one of the nation’s first “living wage” ordinances. It required businesses with city contracts to pay their workers a minimum of $7.70 per hour by 1999, approximately 50% above the current federal minimum wage. Since then, “living wage” campaigns have sprung up around the country. In October 1996, the Preamble Center for Public Policy (“Preamble”) published[…]
  • Who Are The “Low Wage” Workers?

    July 1996

    The desirability of raising the minimum wage has long revolved around just one question: the effect of higher minimum wages on the overall level of employment. This report adds an important new dimension to that debate by showing that an even more critical effect of the minimum wage rests on the composition of employment -- who gets the minimum wage job. Kevin Lang's paper focuses on[…]