Evaluating Living Wage Laws in the United States: Good Intentions and Economic Reality in Conflict?

  title={Evaluating Living Wage Laws in the United States: Good Intentions and Economic Reality in Conflict?},
  author={Robert Pollin},
  journal={Economic Development Quarterly},
  pages={24 - 3}
  • R. Pollin
  • Published 1 February 2005
  • Economics
  • Economic Development Quarterly
This article first examines the question, “What is a living wage?” and provides a range of specific dollar amounts derived through a conceptual assessment of the term. It then provides a series of cost estimates of living wage laws in various cities. Based on these cost estimates, the article examines a set of alternative adjustments that covered firms could make to absorb these costs, including raising prices and productivity, redistributing the firm’s income more equally, laying off employees… 

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