EPI Research (Page 21)

  • Economic Analysis of a Living Wage Ordinance

    July 1999

    “If you get all the facts, your judgement can be right; if you don’t get all the facts, it can’t be right.” — Bernard Baruch Decisions made without proper information risk serious consequences. Nowhere is this more true than in public policy. Nonetheless, city councils across the country are now making decisions on one of the hottest public policy concepts in memory — the “living wage”[…]
  • The Employment Impact of a Comprehensive Living Wage Law, Evidence from California

    July 1999

    Introduction The concept of a “living wage” is rapidly gaining support in city councils and county governments across the nation. In most areas, the idea behind this movement is that contractors who receive public funds as payment for their services should in turn be required to pay wage rates of at least $7.50 to $14.50 per hour — rates that are far higher than the federal[…]
  • 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[…]
  • Targeted Jobs Tax Credits and Labor Market Experience

    June 1998

    The work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform legislation have refocused attention on the need for government programs that help members of economically disadvantaged segments of the population find and keep jobs. In this report, Dr. Tannery examines the effectiveness of one such program, the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit (TJTC). Based upon a long-term analysis of more than 17,000 Pennsylvania workers, he finds[…]
  • 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[…]