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

Publication Date: March 2011

Publisher: Center for Economic and Policy Research


Research Area: Economics; Government

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

Type: Report

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.