EPI Research

  • California Dreamin’ of Higher Wages: Evaluating the Golden State’s 30-Year Minimum Wage Experiment

    December 2017

    In recent decades, California has pursued minimum wage levels about the federal standard. By 2022, the state will have the first statewide minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. The Golden State’s minimum wage experience thus offers a unique opportunity for researchers to examine the longer-term economic effects of high minimum wages. In this new study, Dr. David Macpherson of Trinity University and Dr. William Even of Miami […]
  • Should Florida Fight For $15?: An analysis of businesses' anticipated responses to proposed increases in the minimum wage

    October 2017

    Across the nation, lawmakers continue to grapple with the viability and impact of increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Last year, the Florida state legislature took up the measure in Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 109, that would begin raising the $8.10 rate, beginning in January 2017. A ballot measure for 2018 or 2020 has also been discussed. What is the potential impact […]
  • The Impact of an $11 Minimum Wage in St. Louis

    March 2017

    The Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that the city of St. Louis acted within its authority to approve a 43 percent minimum wage increase to $11 an hour by 2018. This decision is currently being appealed, and Missouri state legislators are considering legislation that would nullify the municipal wage hike and set one minimum wage at the state level. Minimum wage proponents in the city […]
  • Weighing Priorities for Part-Time Workers: An Early Evaluation of San Francisco's Formula Retail Scheduling Ordinance

    May 2016

    In recent years, San Francisco has led the charge for additional workplace mandates. These include a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave, and the availability of a “fair” schedule. The city was the first to enact legislation on this latter point, passing the Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinance in late 2014. San Francisco’s law requires most “chain” stores, as well as their contractors, to provide schedules […]
  • The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage in New Jersey

    May 2016

    Proponents of a higher wage in New Jersey argue that a $15 wage will pull families out of poverty while saving taxpayers money. For instance, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto argued that, “[a $15 minimum wage] will be an integral component in our efforts to stop the decline in the middle class and lift working families out of poverty.” But But mounting evidence, including a new analysis […]
  • The Non-Working Poor and a $15 Minimum Wage

    April 2016

    One of the most cited reasons for increasing the minimum wage is that it’s necessary in order to reduce poverty rates. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that his $15 wage proposal – now an impending reality for many in the state – “will lift more than 250,000 New Yorkers out of poverty.” Skeptics of the policy have highlighted the potential for job loss among employees that a $15 minimum wage […]