EPI Research (Page 8)

  • Examining Effects of Minimum Wages on Single Mothers’ Exits from Welfare

    July 2008

    The primary aim of minimum wage policies is to enable individuals and families to achieve economic security and independence without recourse to government assistance (Brown at al. 1982, 1983; Ellwood 1988). Although minimum wage policies aim to raise the living standards of workers, most economic studies based upon standard models of labor demand and supply show that such wage gains are trumped by higher levels[…]
  • Helping Low-wage Americans: The Earned Income Tax Credit

    September 2007

    The unemployment rates for demographic groups such as teens and minorities are consistently in double digits. Millions of potential entry-level employees aren’t even counted in these figures because they have given up hope and stopped looking for work. Yet newspapers all over the country advertise jobs paying $10 an hour or more. Many practically beg for applicants. One test of our employment and antipoverty policies should be whether they are tailored to address this disconnect. The[…]
  • The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Single Mothers

    September 2007

    Advocates of federal and state minimum wage increases often cite poor single mothers as a target population for minimum wage protection. However, the empirical evidence shows that most minimum wage workers are neither single mothers nor poor. In fact, poor single mothers comprise less than 5 percent of all minimum wage workers, and almost 55 percent already earn wage rates greater than $7.25 per hour,[…]
  • 2007 EPI Minimum Wage Survey of Labor Economists

    July 2007

    The 2007 Minimum Wage Survey was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center for the Employment Policies Institute from January to April, 2007. A similar survey on Living Wages was conducted in 2000. Two hundred eighty (280) labor economists in the United States completed mail questionnaires for the survey. A list of economists was obtained from the American Economic Association (AEA) and consisted[…]
  • Minimum Wage Effects in the Post-welfare Reform Era

    January 2007

    Overview Minimum wage laws remain a subject of considerable debate at all levels of government despite years of research on their costs and benefits. At the national level, there have been frequent proposals in recent years to increase the federal minimum wage. Many states have followed suit, attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to raise their minimum wages above the federal level. At the present time,[…]