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

Ekaterina Jardim, Mark C. Long, Robert Plotnick, Emma van Inwegen, Jacob Vigdor, Hilary Wething

NBER Working Paper No. 23532
Issued in June 2017

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We thank our study collaborators, Jennifer Romich, Scott W. Allard, Heather D. Hill, Jennifer Otten, Scott Bailey, and Anneliese Vance-Sherman. We thank the state of Washington’s Employment Security Department for providing access to data, and Matthew Dunbar for assistance in geocoding business locations. We thank the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the City of Seattle for funding and supporting the Seattle Minimum Wage Study. The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance provided financial and administrative support. Partial support for this study came from a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development research infrastructure grant, R24 HD042828, to the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology at the University of Washington. We are grateful to conference session participants at the 2016 fall Association for Public Policy and Management and 2017 Population Association of America meetings; to seminar participants at the University of California-Irvine, Montana State University, National University of Singapore, University of Houston, and University of British Columbia; members and guests of the Seattle Economic Council, and to the Seattle City Council and their staff for helpful comments on previous iterations of this work. We also thank Sylvia Allegretto, Marianne Bitler, David Card, Raj Chetty, David Cutler, Arin Dube, David Neumark, and Michael Reich for discussions which enriched the paper. Any opinions expressed in this work are those of the authors and should not be attributed to any other entity. Any errors are the authors’ sole responsibility. The Seattle Minimum Wage Study has neither solicited nor received support from any 501(c)(4) labor organization or any 501(c)(6) business organization. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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