EPI Research (Page 14)

  • The Effects of the Proposed California Minimum Wage Increase

    October 2000

    “Living wage” laws have been enacted in more than fifty states and cities. These laws force employers to pay wages above the federal minimum wage based on some definition of the needs of a hypothetical family, usually a family of four. In an attempt to increase the income of low-wage workers, living wage supporters have proposed state minimum wage levels greater than the federal minimum[…]
  • Higher Minimum Wages Harm Minority and Inner-City Teens

    September 2000

    Economists and policy makers once again find themselves engaged in a heated debate over proposed legislation to increase the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.15 per hour. A neglected, yet important, component of this debate is the effect of minimum wage hikes on teenagers’ employment and school enrollment. The scant number of studies on this issue have yielded contradictory findings, leaving the issue unresolved. The[…]
  • National Good Times, Local Bad Times: The Local Area Unemployment Crisis

    July 2000

    In the midst of the national economic boom, regional pockets of the economy are surprisingly weak. The following list comprises counties and cities (each with a population of at least 10,000 people) struggling with unemployment rates that are more than twice the national average. These localities are encountering great difficulty keeping their citizens productively employed. They face even greater challenges moving low-skilled people from welfare[…]
  • Rising Above The Minimum Wage

    January 2000

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage often imply that entry-level employees go years without a wage increase. Common sense suggests otherwise: the vast majority of those who start at the minimum wage do not remain there for long. In this report, William Even of Miami University, Ohio and David Macpherson of Florida State University provide a valuable in-depth analysis of how quickly most people move[…]
  • 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[…]
  • Effects of the Proposed 1999-2000 Washington Minimum Wage Increase

    May 1998

    Based upon an analysis of Labor Department data, Dr. David Macpherson finds that a proposal to hike the Washington minimum wage from $5.15 to $6.50 by the year 2000 would cause more than 7,431 workers to lose job opportunities. As a consequence, Washington workers would lose approximately $64 million in annual income. At the same time, minimum wage employers would see their labor costs rise[…]