An in-depth analysis of the impact raising the federal minimum to $10.10 would have, detailing the demographic breakdown of the 30 million workers who would be affected, the stimulative impact on the economy, and the number of jobs that would be created. [David Cooper and Doug Hall, March 13, 2013].
The restaurant insdustry is one of the larget employers of minimum wage workers in the U.S.
A summary of the recent announcement by Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman George Miller of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, with special emphasis on support for the legislation by the President of the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and local restaurant owners who have learned that higher wages both reduce turnover and increase productivity [Ross Eisenbrey, March 7, 2013].
An analysis of the demographic and economic impact of raising the federal minimum to $10.10, including a contextual analysis showing what the wage would be if it had grown with other important economic benchmarks [Doug Hall and David Cooper, March 5, 2013].
Putting a $9.00/hour minimum wage in context, comparing the federal minimum to the official poverty line, to worker productivity, to real average wage growth, and the growth in wages for the top 1% of wage earners [David Cooper, February 15, 2013].
The demographic characteristics—age, race/ethnicity, gender, hours worked, incomes—of those who would be affected by increasing the federal minimum to $9.00 [Natalie Sabadish and Doug Hall, February 14, 2013].
Preliminary analysis of the President’s proposal to increase the federal minimum to $9.00, noting the importance of ensuring that the proposed indexing use a method that avoids eroding lower wages [Doug Hall, February 13, 2013].
Two important aspects of increasing the federal minimum wage to $9.80 – the positive economic impact (GDP boost, and related job growth), and the demographic impact of such an increase [Doug Hall and David Cooper, August 14, 2012]
A selection of EPI’s general research on the minimum wage
This guest blog by UC Davis Health Economist J. Paul Leigh compiles evidence that increasing the federal minimum wage would improve public health, and in so doing, shave significant sums off health care expenses. [J.Paul Leigh, March 6, 2013]
An assessment of the positive impact of increasing state level minimum wages (primarily through indexing), noting that scheduled increases will result in additional GDP of nearly $184 million, creating more than 1,500 jobs [David Cooper, December 26, 2012].
This commentary, originally published in The Hill, summarizes the evolution of literature on the minimum wage, concluding that the Employment Policy Institute’s Michael Saltsman “has a loose regard for facts” [Ross Eisenbrey, July 13, 2012].
Exploration of the antiquated “subminimum wage” of $2.13/hour, that forms the base compensation that tipped workers receive in wages from their employers. Nationally, the subminimum wage has remained unchanged since 1991. State-level “tipped credits” often allow employers to pay much less than state mandated minimum wages [Sylvia Allegretto and Kai Filion, February 23, 2011].
Articulation of a modest stimulus argument for the minimum wage, applying methodology developed by researchers with the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank to the three steps of the most recent increase in the federal minimum wage from 2007-2009 [Kai Filion, May 28, 2009].
An analysis (undertaken in the wake of the 2009 increase) of the importance of indexing the minimum wage to avoid erosion over time, noting that the choice of index makes a substantial difference to the long-term well-being of low-wage workers [Heidi Shierholz, December 17, 2009].