Research December 7, 2012

Citywide Compensation Floors

This study from economist Aaron Yelowitz at the University of Kentucky suggests that, though San Francisco considers itself a unique outpost of progressive thought, the laws of economics still apply. A double-digit compensation floor that affects employees at businesses with single-digit profit margins is guaranteed to create unintended consequences, no matter the political climate in which it occurs.
Research December 7, 2012

$9.80 Federal Minimum Wage

EPI’s analysis of proposals to create a $9.80 minimum wage, based on Census Bureau data, finds that they would be poorly targeted to the low-income families they’re intended to help. This is consistent with a wide body of economic research finding that minimum wages are a poor way to reduce poverty, and also reduce employment opportunities among the least-skilled.
Research December 7, 2012

Minimum Wages and Poverty

In this study, economists Joseph Sabia at San Diego State University and Robert Nielsen at the University of Georgia found no evidence that a higher minimum wage has helped reduce financial, housing, health, or food insecurity. This is true across all employees in general, and for smaller sub-sets of the less-educated and less-experienced.
News November 13, 2012

Minimum Wages to Rise in at least Ten States and Three Cities in 2013

The Employment Policies Institute announced that ten states and three cities will increase their minimum wages on January 1, 2013.
News October 15, 2012

New Study: The Impact of Citywide Wage & Benefit Mandates

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new study authored by University of Kentucky economist Aaron Yelowitz, which examines the impact of citywide compensation floors in cities like San Francisco. The study finds that (all else being equal) each additional $1 increase in wage and benefit mandates reduces young…
May 21, 2012

New Analysis: $10 Minimum Wage in San Jose Bad for the City’s Jobseekers

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new analysis assessing the impact of a proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in the City of San Jose to $10 an hour and index it for inflation. The City Council will hear testimony on the initiative tomorrow, May 22nd,…
News May 18, 2012

New Analysis: Teen Unemployment Up in 17 States and DC, Down in 32 States

As teens begin their search for summer employment, an analysis of newly-released Census Bureau data by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) shows teen unemployment rose in 17 states and DC between April 2011 and April 2012, and fell in 32 states. It was unchanged in one state. Teen jobless rates still average above 20 percent…
News May 9, 2012

Eliminating the Tipped Wage Rate a Bad Deal for Illinois Restaurant Employees

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new analysis of Illinois S. 1565, a bill introduced by Sen. Kimberly Lightford, which raises the state minimum wage and eliminates the separate rate for employees who earn tip income. The wage for tipped employees would rise from $4.95 to $8.90 an…
News April 24, 2012

Minimum Wage Employees Aren’t Working 20 Hours a Day to Afford Rent

You’ve probably seen this chart. Perhaps you shared it on Facebook. Taken literally, the chart means that—in a state like New York—people who earn the minimum wage are working almost 20 hours a day, seven days a week, just to put a roof over their head. In the…
News April 16, 2012

New Analysis: New York Wage Increase Unlikely to Reduce Poverty

Today, the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released a new analysis assessing the impact on poverty of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposed minimum wage increase (A.9148). The bill would raise New York’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour and index the wage to rise with inflation in subsequent…