Minimum Wages: Setting a Higher Bar

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on November 3, 2014

Minimum Wages: Setting a Higher Bar (Arindrajit Dube)
in 2014-15 Workshops
Friday, November 14, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
College Hall, Room 205
University of Pennsylvania

AS THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE HAS DECLINED in real terms over the decades, state and local governments have increasingly taken the initiative to provide a wage floor for low-wage workers. Dube, who participated in groundbreaking case-study research establishing the low impact of minimum wage laws on overall and teen employment, argues that local minimum wages make sense beyond being stop-gap measures in the face of inaction in Washington, D.C. The cost of living varies widely in different localities, often resulting in low-wage workers being pushed deeper into poverty in areas where the median wage is higher. Even when the federal minimum wage is increased, he proposes that the nation’s minimum wages – plural – be pegged at half local-area median wages.

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