Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle

  title={Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle},
  author={Ekaterina Jardim and Mark C. Long and Robert D. Plotnick and Emma van Inwegen and Jacob L. Vigdor and Hilary Wething},
  journal={Comparative Political Economy: Regulation eJournal},
  • Ekaterina Jardim, Mark C. Long, +3 authors Hilary Wething
  • Published 2017
  • Economics
  • Comparative Political Economy: Regulation eJournal
  • This paper evaluates the wage, employment, and hours effects of the first and second phase-in of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, which raised the minimum wage from $9.47 to as much as $11 in 2015 and to as much as $13 in 2016. Using a variety of methods to analyze employment in all sectors paying below a specified real hourly wage rate, we conclude that the second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by 6-7 percent, while hourly wages in such jobs increased by 3… CONTINUE READING
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