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…
News March 19, 2012

Teen unemployment high, Georgia rate well above national average

By: Gracie Shepard It’s time for teenagers to begin the search for summer jobs, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it won’t be easy to find one. (…) EPI research fellow Mike Saltsman said there are several factors that contribute to a dearth of available positions for young…
News March 9, 2012

Raising CT’s Minimum Wage Won’t Reduce Poverty

By: Lee Howard  An analysis released Wednesday indicates that a rise in Connecticut’s minimum wage would not significantly reduce the state’s poverty rate. The analysis by the Employment Policies Institute…said the average family income of an employee affected by a minimum wage hike is more than $80,000 a…
News March 9, 2012

Wage Hikes Won’t Boost the Economy

By: Joseph Sabia, San Diego State University Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced a bill that would add New York to the list of states whose minimum wage rises with inflation each year. His proposal follows last year’s New York City-specific plan to create a “living wage”…
News March 9, 2012

Maximum Damage

Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is pushing for a whopping 17 percent hike in New York’s minimum wage, to $8.50 an hour. How out of touch with reality is that? If Albany moves ahead with such a plan, it will wreak substantial damage on the state’s teetering economy, hurting most the…
Research March 5, 2012

Tip Credits and Employment

This study by economists William Even at Miami University and David Macpherson at Trinity University uses two different government datasets to examine the impact of states reducing or eliminating their tip credit—a part of labor law that allows tipped employees to be paid a lower cash wage as long as they earn at least the minimum when tips are included.
Research March 5, 2012

Unequal Harm

This study by economists William Even at Miami University and David Macpherson at Trinity University examines whether wage mandates have a disparate impact on minority groups. Using a dataset that spans almost 20 years and contains 600,000 observations, the authors find substantial disparities in the employment consequences of a higher minimum wage.
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)