AAF Minimum Wage Studies


It was a pleasure speaking with you last week. Yesterday we released the paper Doug mentioned that walks through the two Seattle minimum wage studies and discusses why they come to opposite conclusions: https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/dueling-studies-seattles-minimum-wage-hike-readers-guide/

Also, here is a brief piece I wrote last year on New Jersey’s minimum wage, estimating that raising it to $15 would cost about 200,000 jobs: https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/job-implications-new-jerseys-proposed-15-minimum-wage-law/

In addition, below is a list of our minimum wage-related papers, which tend to focus on state and local level employment effects of raising the minimum wage. I hope you find these helpful and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


Ben Gitis

The Job Implications of a $15 Minimum Wage in Illinois (May 2017): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/job-implications-15-minimum-wage-illinois/

First Look: Employment Trends in States Raising the Minimum Wage in 2017 (March 2017): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/first-look-employment-trends-states-raising-minimum-wage-2017/

Second Look: Labor Markets Continue to Lag in States Raising the Minimum Wage in 2017 (March 2017): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/second-look-labor-markets-continue-lag-states-raising-minimum-wage-2017/

The Job and Wage Implications of State Minimum Wage Increases in 2017 and Beyond (February 2017): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/job-wage-implications-state-minimum-wage-increases-2017-beyond/

The Job Implications of the 2016 Election’s State Minimum Wage Initiatives (October 2016): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/job-implications-2016-elections-state-minimum-wage-initiatives/

The Job Implications of California’s $15 Minimum Wage Law (March 2016): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/job-implications-californias-15-minimum-wage-law/

Update: 2015 Local Minimum Wage Increases and Restaurant Employment Trends (March 2016): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/update-2015-local-minimum-wage-increases-restaurant-employment-trends/

Employment, the Retail Sector, and Usage of the Social Safety Net (February 2016): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/employment-the-retail-sector-and-usage-of-the-social-safety-net/

2015 Local Minimum Wage Increases and Restaurant Employment Trends (November 2015): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/2015-local-minimum-wage-increases-and-restaurant-employment-trends/

Higher Pay, Fewer Jobs: Employment and Earnings Effects of Raising New York’s Minimum Wage to $12 and $15 an hour (November 2015):


Does Compensation Lag Behind Productivity? (August 2015): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/does-compensation-lag-behind-productivity/

Counterproductive: The Employment and Income Effects of Raising America’s Minimum Wage to $12 and to $15 per hour (July 2015): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/counterproductive-the-employment-and-income-effects-of-raising-americas-min/

Why Unions in LA Want to be Exempt from the $15 Minimum Wage (June 2015): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/why-unions-in-la-want-to-be-exempt-from-the-15-minimum-wage/

Minimum Wage: Budgetary Savings vs. Labor Market Costs (December 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/minimum-wage-budgetary-savings-vs-labor-market-costs/

The Cost of January’s Minimum Wage Hikes (July 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/the-cost-of-januarys-minimum-wage-hikes/

The Price of $9.50 per hour (May 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/the-price-of-9-50-per-hour/

Case Study: Minimum Wage Meets the Military (May 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/case-study-minimum-wage-meets-the-military/

How Minimum Wage Increased Unemployment and Reduced Job Creation in 2013 (March 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/how-minimum-wage-increased-unemployment-and-reduced-job-creation-in-2013/

What the Weight of Minimum Wage Research Really Shows (February 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/what-the-weight-of-minimum-wage-research-shows/

Primer: Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage (February 2014): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/primer-earned-income-tax-credit-and-the-minimum-wage/

Primer: Minimum Wage and Combating Poverty (December 2013): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/primer-minimum-wage-and-combating-poverty/

$9 Minimum Wage Could Cost 1.4 Million Jobs (November 2013): https://www.americanactionforum.org/insight/9-minimum-wage-would-cost-1-4-million-new-jobs/

The Steep Cost of a $10 Minimum Wage (October 2013): https://www.americanactionforum.org/research/the-steep-cost-of-a-10-minimum-wage/


Ben Gitis

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