A Decade of Living Wages: What Have We Learned?

Publication Date: July 2005

Publisher: Public Policy Institute of California

Author(s): David Neumark; Scott Adams

Research Area: Labor

Type: Report

Coverage: California


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.