Publication Date: July 2005
Publisher: Public Policy Institute of California
Author(s): David Neumark; Scott Adams
Research Area: Labor
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.