EPI Research (Page 7)

  • Tip Credits and Employment in the U.S. Restaurant Industry

    November 2011 David Macpherson, William Even

    Few parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are more poorly understood than provisions relating to tipped employees. Though the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 an hour, the FLSA permits tipped employees to be paid a cash wage of $2.13 an hour—so long as the employee earns at least the federal minimum of $7.25 when their tips are included. The difference between the […]
  • An Offer You Can’t Refuse: Estimating the Coverage Effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act

    July 2011 Richard Burkhauser, Sean Lyons, Kosali Simon

    Proponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, known collectively as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , expect that the law will substantially expand health insurance coverage to the 17.6 percent of currently uninsured, non-elderly working Americans, without dramatically changing the terms under which the currently insured now receive their health insurance. Conversely, […]
  • Unequal Harm: Racial Disparities in the Employment Consequences of Minimum Wage Increases

    May 2011 William Even, David Macpherson

    When the Great Recession’s negative effect on the U.S. labor market was strongest, the national unemployment rate stood at 10.1 percent—a depth last seen in June 1983. But the greatest amount of pain was felt by younger and more vulnerable workers—though not in equal amounts. For instance, the unemployment rate for 16-to-19 year-olds reached 27.1 per-cent at the recession’s trough. For white teens, the figure was […]
  • Just Getting By?: Income Dependence on Minimum Wage Jobs

    March 2011

    Increases in the minimum wage remain popular with legislators and the public in part due to misconceptions about who earns the minimum. The most popular and seemingly persuasive argument for minimum wage hikes is that adult minimum wage workers can’t afford to maintain their families at those wage levels. Census Bureau data confirm that approximately 40 percent of the beneficiaries of the most recent federal minimum wage […]
  • Is There an Economic Consensus in Favor of Wage Mandates?

    January 2011

    In debates over whether to raise the minimum wage, proponents often try to boost their credibility by referencing a group of 15 prominent economists who support a minimum wage increase, as well as approximately 650 additional economists in agreement. This list, first compiled and released by the Economic Policy Institute (a labor-backed organization), is still cited frequently to counter the claims of labor economists who[…]
  • Failed Stimulus: Minimum Wage Increases and Their Failure to Boost Gross Domestic Product

    December 2010 Dr. Joseph Sabia

    A comprehensive review of two decades of economic research on the minimum wage by economists David Neumark (University of California—Irvine) and William Wascher (Federal Reserve Board) concludes that increases in the minimum wage reduce job opportunities for the least-skilled workers. As a consequence of this inconvenient truth, advocates of a higher minimum wage have increasingly leaned on alternate arguments to make the case for additional employer […]