A Measure of Fairness: the Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States
November 18, 2013
In early 2007, there were approximately 140 living wage ordinances in place throughout the United States… [A]s a result of ballot initiatives, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing nearly 70 percent of the total U.S. population, maintain minimum wage standards above those set by the federal minimum wage. In A Measure of Fairness, Robert Pollin, Mark Brenner, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Stephanie Luce assess how well living wage and minimum wage regulations in the United States serve the workers they are intended to help. Opponents of such measures assert that when faced with mandated increases in labor costs, businesses will either lay off workers, hire fewer low-wage employees in the future, replace low-credentialed workers with those having better qualifications or, finally, even relocate to avoid facing the increased costs being imposed on them… Based on a decade of research, this volume concludes that living wage laws and minimum wage increases have been effective policy interventions capable of bringing significant, if modest, benefits to the people they were intended to help.
A Measure of Fairness: the Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States, by Robert Pollin … [et al.]. Ithaca : ILR Press/Cornell University Press, 2008. 292 p. ISBN 9780801473630 (pbk.)
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