EPI Research (Page 11 )

  • Employer Health Insurance Mandates and the Risk of Unemployment

    September 2007

    This 2007 study looks at the effects of proposed “pay or play” health insurance mandates on employers, and specifically the potential for job loss.

    Authors first looked at the projected cost of insurance mandates and the potential for resulting wage decreases as employers shift the new costs to workers. Researchers then focused on how many employees currently without health insurance make a wage so…

  • Who Gets What From Employer “Pay or Play” Mandates

    September 2007

    This 2007 study looks at who really benefits from pay or play health insurance mandates. Researchers find that mandates, which required employers to either provide health insurance for their workers or pay a flat tax per hour to offset the cost of health care, are a very blunt instrument for providing health insurance for the working poor.

    The authors found that not only do a…

  • 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…

  • Comparing The Effects Of Health Insurance Reform Proposals: Employer Mandates, Medicaid Expansions, and Tax Credits

    February 2007


    Over 46 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2005. This problem has increasingly drawn the attention of policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. Attempts to increase health coverage have generally focused on three main types of policy proposals: mandating employer-paid health insurance, providing tax credits for low-income individuals to buy insurance, and expanding Medicaid to cover more of the uninsured. While many…

  • Minimum Wage Effects in the Post-welfare Reform Era

    January 2007


    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,…