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The New Wave of Local Minimum Wage Policies: Evidence from Six Cities

  • Author(s): Allegretto, Sylvia A;
  • Godoey, Anna;
  • Nadler, Carl;
  • Reich, Michael
  • et al.
Abstract

We examine the effects of minimum wage policies in six large cities with high citywide minimum wages: Chicago, the District of Columbia, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. At the end of 2016, the last period of our data availability, citywide minimum wages exceeded $10 in all of these cities and had reached $13 in two—San Francisco and Seattle.

Recent research on minimum wages up to $10 has generally not found employment effects. Ours is the first comprehensive look at effects of minimum wages above $10.

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