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How Living Wage Laws Affect Low-Wage Workers and Low-Income Families

by David Neumark

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Published by Public Policy Institute of California .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • United States,
  • Minimum wage,
  • Politics - Current Events,
  • Business/Economics,
  • Wages,
  • Labor & Industrial Relations - General,
  • Living wage movement,
  • Public contracts

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages174
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8785613M
    ISBN 101582130434
    ISBN 109781582130439

    living wage ordinances generally seem to affect very few workers directly. Most studies Most studies imply that, even among workers in the bottom tenth of wage levels, only percent areFile Size: KB. Measuring the Impact of Living Wage Laws: A Critical Appraisal of David Neumark's How Living Wage Laws Affect Low-Wage Workers and Low-Income Families Mark D. Brenner Jeannette Wicks-Lim Robert Pollin Number 43 POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE University of Massachusetts Amherst WORKINGPAPER SERIES.

      Low-wage workers – those earning $16 per hour or less – comprise about 40 percent of the U.S. workforce aged 25 to Millions of these working families and their children are living in poverty as a result of low wages. In , nearly half (48 percent) of single-parent families with a minimum wage worker were living in poverty.   According to GAO's analysis of data in the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS), on average, low-wage workers worked fewer hours per week, were more highly concentrated in a few industries and occupations, and had lower educational attainment than workers earning hourly wages above $16 in each year GAO reviewed—, , , , and

    Many recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals find or keep jobs for a while, but far fewer remain steadily employed and advance in the labor report describes results and draws lessons from rigorous evaluations of 12 programs seeking to improve employment retention and advancement among low-wage workers. Adams and Neumark () ask the central question of living wage laws: Do living wages help low-wage workers and low-income families? The paper conducts a cost benefit analysis that examines what types of effects living wages would have on employment and on lifting families File Size: KB.


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How Living Wage Laws Affect Low-Wage Workers and Low-Income Families by David Neumark Download PDF EPUB FB2

- Do living wage laws raise wages for at least some low-wage workers. Are wage gains for low-wage workers offset by reductions in either employment or the amount of hours worked as employers seek to accommodate the additional labor costs?Cited by: Sincenearly 40 cities in the United States have passed living wage ordinances.

These ordinances mandate that businesses under contract with the city, and in some cases businesses receiving assistance from the city, pay employees a wage sufficient to lift their families out of poverty.

How living wage laws affect low-wage workers and low-income families / David Neumark. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 1. Living wage movement—United States. Minimum wage—United States. Public contracts—United States.

Wages—Law and legislation—United States. Cost and standard of living. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Neumark, David. How living wage laws affect low-wage workers and low-income families / David Neumark.

Includes bibliographical references. Research publications reflect the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the staff, officers, or Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California. Short. CiteSeerX - Document Details (Isaac Councill, Lee Giles, Pradeep Teregowda): Neumark () finds that living wage laws have brought substantial wage increases for a high proportion of workers in cities that have passed these laws.

He also finds that living wage laws significantly reduce employment opportunities for low-wage workers. We argue, first, that by truncating his sample to. Living wage laws reduce employment among the least-skilled workers they are intended to help.

But they also increase wages for many of them. This implies that living wage laws generate both winners and losers among those affected by them.

Low-Wage Workers. Low-wage workers increasingly struggle to support themselves and their families with their wages. Abusive employer practices and stagnant minimum wages prevent many workers, even those able to find full-time employment, from earning a living wage.

Wage theft is rampant: all too often, employers violate labor and employment laws by failing to pay the minimum wage for all hours. The federal minimum wage of $ per hour has not changed since Increasing it would raise the earnings and family income of most low-wage workers, lifting some families out of poverty—but it would cause other low-wage workers to become jobless, and their family income would fall.

A consensus on minimum wage studies conducted in the ’s finds that for every 10 percent increase in the minimum wage, employment of young and unskilled workers declines by percent.

How living wage laws affect low-wage workers and low-income families. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of Cited by: 2. gains from these higher wages for low-wage workers accrue to low-income families. While raising wages of low-wage workers via living wages may seem a natural way to fight.

Higher wages, together with more generous public subsidies or tax credits for low-income families, make child care more affordable, significantly reducing the impossible “choice” that many low-wage workers have to make between caring for their children and working.

Low wages are unhealthy. The second is low-skilled adults who remain mired in low-wage jobs and who – as adults – are much more likely to be in poor families. 5 Thus, whether living wages help reduce poverty depends on wage gains and employment losses, and the extent to which the gains from living wages (the wage increases) as opposed to the costs (job loss) fall on individuals in poor families.

Cited by: goal of living wages – to raise incomes of low-wage workers in order to reduce urban pov-erty. If living wages help reduce poverty, they do this via two mechanisms. First, they raise wages of the low-wage employees of covered businesses – and perhaps also of other ond,the.

More than Living Wage Employers across BC agree and have certified with the Living Wage for Families Campaign. The Living Wage for Families also advocates for policies that would positively impact families.

We support the call for quality and affordable child care as well as for housing policies that would help low-wage families make ends meet. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) How living wage laws affect low-wage workers and low-income families Item PreviewPages: Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for How Living Wage Laws Affect Low-Wage Workers and Low-Income Families by David Neumark (, Paperback) at the best online prices at eBay.

Free shipping for many products. Employers shape the work conditions that parents face, and they play a central role in policy debates about how to address work-family pressures.

To better understand employer perspectives on these issues, this report presents findings from interviews with 16 organizations that represent or directly work with employers.

Focusing on three policy areas central to parents’ ability to manage Author: Alexandra Stanczyk. Action to raise the federal minimum wage level of $/hour is stalled in Congress, yet localities and states from the Seattle area to New Jersey are raising their own minimum wage levels in Author: Fred Dews.

So, although hourly wages rose by about 3 percent, total wages actually fell by an average of $ per month for low-wage workers.

Interestingly, the study found no effect on employment in the. We do know that low-wage workers and their families are likely to spend a significant portion of those increased earnings.

Effects of minimum wage laws on businesses Economists have increasingly recognized that raising the minimum wage does .A new study has been seized upon by proponents as a "proof text" against critics of living-wage laws.

The success claimed for such policies by that study, however, is, in fact, far less than implied by the innumerable "Living Wage Laws Reduce Poverty" stories it has spawned. At most, the study only shows that some low-income workers may gain more than other low-income workers lose.Living wage campaigns came about partially as a response to Reaganomics and Thatcherism in the US and UK, respectively, which shifted macroeconomic policy towards neoliberalism.

A living wage, by increasing the purchasing power of low income workers, is supported by Keynesian and post-Keynesian economics which focuses on stimulating demand in order to improve the state of the economy.