Research March 5, 2012

Just Getting By?

This study by Bradley Schiller at the University of Nevada-Reno examines the earnings and characteristics of adults who earn the minimum wage. Contrary to popular belief, the author finds that only a small number of these adults are the primary breadwinner in their family.
Research March 5, 2012

Failed Stimulus

This study by economist Joseph Sabia at the United States Military Academy at West Point examines whether raising the minimum wage boosts the economy, as many proponents of a higher minimum wage have claimed. The author finds no evidence of a relationship between past minimum wage increases and gross domestic product (GDP)
Research March 5, 2012

The Erosion of the Entry-Level Job Market

This study by Drs. Walter Wessels (North Carolina State University) and Nicole Coomer (Workers Compensation Research Institute) examines the impact of a rising minimum wage on those who work jobs that pay the minimum. The authors point out that not all entry-level jobs are covered by federal minimum wage laws—thus, less-skilled employees who are priced out of a job after the minimum wage rises might find employment
Research March 5, 2012

The Teen Employment Crisis

This study by economists William Even at Miami University and David Macpherson at Trinity University examines the employment impact of the 40 percent increase in the federal minimum wage that occurred between 2007 and 2009. Specifically, the authors study the effects of the higher wage on young adults aged 16 to 19.