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A Decade of Living Wages: What Have We Learned?

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Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): David Neumark; Scott Adams

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Funder(s): Public Policy Institute of California

Series: California Economic Policy v.1 no.3

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

Type: Report

Coverage: California

Abstract:

Living wages seek to raise the income of low-wage workers by mandating higher wages. However, such wage increases may also have adverse employment effects, leading employers to reduce employment of less-skilled labor. This study notes that although living wages deliver some benefits to low-income families, additional policies are needed to help the most disadvantaged.