EPI Research (Page 12 )

  • The Effects of the Proposed Arizona Minimum Wage Increase

    September 2006

    The minimum wage has become a favorite election-
    year issue at both the state and national
    levels, with many politicians arguing that a hike
    is needed to pull hardworking families out of
    poverty. Unfortunately, raising the minimum
    wage has unintended consequences, which often
    hurt the very people the hike was intended to
    help. Decades of research show that…

  • The Effects of the Proposed Missouri Minimum Wage Increase

    August 2006

    In recent years, the movement to increases minimum wage has been active in states across the country. Advocates of these wage hikes argue that the increases will help low-income families escape poverty. While this argument is emotionally compelling, it ignores the unintended consequences that the proposed increase would create—such as job loss among the most vulnerable employees and displacement of low-skilled adults by wealthy teens.…

  • Rotten ACORN: America’s Bad Seed

    July 2006

    New information as of July 9, 2008: The New York Times published an explosive exposé detailing how the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) covered up nearly $1 million in embezzled funds by its founder’s brother. Read our statement about ACORN’s long history of fraud and corruption.

    ACORN says it is a community group, but it is really a multi-million-dollar, multinational…

  • Output Prices and the Minimum Wage

    June 2006

    Most economists believe that an increase in the minimum wage causes higher prices and lower employment. This belief rests partly on empirical evidence, but also on the view that labor markets are competitive; if markets are competitive, then increases in the minimum wage should both raise prices and reduce employment. However, a number of studies in the last decade have challenged these beliefs. Some of…

  • The Effect of Minimum Wage Increases on Retail and Small Business Employment

    May 2006


    A recent study by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) claims that increases in the minimum wage at the state level have had no adverse employment effects. Specifically, the FPI report concludes that states that raised their wage floor above the federal level did not experience declines in small business employment, and, in fact, actually experienced an increase in retail employment.

    While the FPI study…

  • The “Fair Share for Health Care Act” and New York’s Labor Market

    April 2006

    New York’s so-called “Fair Share for Health Care Act” imposes a pay-or-play health insurance mandate on firms with 100 or more employees. These firms employ more than 70 percent of New York’s workforce, and would be subject to a tax as high as $3 per hour for covered workers. As a consequence, a firm employing
    a full-time, full-year worker could be subject to an…