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  • The Employment and Distributional Effects of Minimum Wage Increases: A Case Study of the State of New York

    September 2008 ·  Joseph J. Sabia - American University, Richard V. Burkhauser - Cornell University  · 

    In June 2007, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proposed legislation to raise the state minimum wage from $7.15 to $8.25 per hour, and to index it to inflation thereafter. Proponents argue that such minimum wage increases have no negative employment effects (Card and Krueger, 1995; Dube et al., 2008) and will be effective in aiding poor workers,[1] while opponents emphasize the minimum wage’s poor target…
  • Examining Effects of Minimum Wages on Single Mothers’ Exits from Welfare

    July 2008 ·  Peter D. Brandon - Brown University · 

    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 of disemployment…
  • Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Why Raising New York’s Minimum Wage Continues to be a Poor Way to Help the Working Poor

    January 2008 ·  Joseph J. Sabia - University of Georgia, Richard V. Burkhauser - Cornell University · 

    This study shows that the proposed New York State minimum wage hike is an ineffective method of targeting those who need help the most. The study shows that nearly 50% of those who benefit from minimum wage hikes live in households earning at least three times the poverty level income and the majority of those affected are the 2nd or 3rd earner in their family. The legislation…
  • Helping Low-wage Americans: The Earned Income Tax Credit

    September 2007 ·  Employment Policies Institute · 

    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…
  • The Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Single Mothers

    September 2007 ·  Joseph J. Sabia · 

    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, the new…
  • 2007 EPI Minimum Wage Survey of Labor Economists

    July 2007 ·  The Survey Center - University of New Hampshire · 

    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 of all…