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Working Well in Washington: An Evaluation of the 1998 Minimum Wage Initiative

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Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher(s): Economic Opportunity Institute; Economic Policy Institute

Author(s): Jason Smith

Topic: Labor (Labor conditions, wages, salaries, and benefits)

Keywords: Minimum Wage; Cost of living; Inflation

Type: Report

Coverage: Washington

Abstract:

Evaluates Washington's 1998 minimum wage initiative and draws historical parallels to minimum wage purchasing power in past decades. Examines arguments both for and against raising the minimum wage, utilizing available economic data to assess the employment and inflationary impacts of the increasing minimum wage, and assess the minimum wage in the context of Washington’s agricultural economy.