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The Wage and Employment Impact of Minimum‐Wage Laws in Three Cities

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Publication Date: March 2011

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Economics (Economic research)
Government (Local and municipal government)

Keywords: minimum wage; employmente; labor; low-wage

Coverage: United States


This report analyzes the wage and employment effects of the first three city-specific minimum wages in the United States –San Francisco (2004), Santa Fe (2004), and Washington, DC (1993). We use data from a virtual census of employment in each of the three cities, surrounding suburbs, and nearby metropolitan areas, to estimate the impact of minimum-wage laws on wages and employment in fast food restaurants, food services, retail trade, and other low-wage and small establishments.


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