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In early 2007, there were approximately 140 living wage ordinances in place throughout the United States. Communities around the country frequently debate new proposals of this sort. Additionally, as a result of ballot initiatives, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing nearly 70 percent of the total U.S. population, maintain minimum wage standards above those set by the federal minimum wage.In A Measure of Fairness, Robert Pollin, Mark Brenner, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Stephanie Luce assess how well living wage and minimum wage regulations in the United States serve the workers they are intended to help. Opponents of such measures assert that when faced with mandated increases in labor costs, businesses will either lay off workers, hire fewer low-wage employees in the future, replace low-credentialed workers with those having better qualifications or, finally, even relocate to avoid facing the increased costs being imposed on them.The authors give an overview of living wage and minimum wage implementation in Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to show how these policies play out in the paychecks of workers, in the halls of legislature, and in business ledgers. Based on a decade of research, this volume concludes that living wage laws and minimum wage increases have been effective policy interventions capable of bringing significant, if modest, benefits to the people they were intended to help.

In early 2007, there were approximately 140 living wage ordinances in place throughout the United States. Communities around the country frequently debate new proposals of this sort. Additionally, as a result of ballot initiatives, twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, representing nearly 70 percent of the total U.S. population, maintain minimum wage standards above those set by the federal minimum wage.

In A Measure of Fairness, Robert Pollin, Mark Brenner, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Stephanie Luce assess how well living wage and minimum wage regulations in the United States serve the workers they are intended to help. Opponents of such measures assert that when faced with mandated increases in labor costs, businesses will either lay off workers, hire fewer low-wage employees in the future, replace low-credentialed workers with those having better qualifications or, finally, even relocate to avoid facing the increased costs being imposed on them.

The authors give an overview of living wage and minimum wage implementation in Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut to show how these policies play out in the paychecks of workers, in the halls of legislature, and in business ledgers. Based on a decade of research, this volume concludes that living wage laws and minimum wage increases have been effective policy interventions capable of bringing significant, if modest, benefits to the people they were intended to help.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. Robert Pollin
  3. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. PART 1 What Are the Questions?
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1 Introduction
  2. Robert Pollin
  3. pp. 3-13
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  1. 2 The Economic Logic and Moral Imperative of Living Wages
  2. Robert Pollin
  3. pp. 14-33
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  1. 3 Debating Living Wage Laws: Paul Krugman versus Robert Pollin
  2. Paul Krugman versus Robert Pollin
  3. pp. 34-42
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  1. PART 2 Impacts on Business
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. 4 A $6.15 Minimum Wage for New Orleans: What It Would Have Meant for Businesses
  2. Robert Pollin, Mark Brenner, and Stephanie Luce
  3. pp. 49-69
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  1. 5 The Santa Fe Citywide Living Wage Measure: The Impact on Business of the $8.50 Standard
  2. Robert Pollin and Mark Brenner
  3. pp. 70-101
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  1. 6 Spending Injections from the Arizona Minimum Wage Increase: How Businesses Benefit
  2. Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 102-106
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  1. PART 3 Benefits to Workers and Families
  2. pp. 107-110
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  1. 7 What Is a Living Wage? Considerations for Santa Monica, California
  2. Robert Pollin
  3. pp. 111-117
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  1. 8 How Santa Monica Workers Would Have Benefited from a $10.75 Living Wage
  2. Robert Pollin, Mark Brenner, Stephanie Luce, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 118-133
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  1. 9 How Workers and Their Families Will Benefit from the Arizona Minimum Wage Increase
  2. Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 134-142
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  1. PART 4 Retrospective Analysis
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. 10 Living Wage Laws in Practice: Retrospective Studies on Boston, Hartford, and New Haven
  2. Mark Brenner and Stephanie Luce
  3. pp. 147-192
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  1. PART 5 Technical Studies and Debates
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. 11 Mandated Wage Floors and the Wage Structure: New Estimates of the Ripple Effects of Minimum Wage Laws
  2. Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 199-215
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  1. 12 Employment Effects of Higher Minimum Wages: A State-by-State Comparative Analysis
  2. Mark Brenner, Robert Pollin, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 216-222
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  1. 13 Comments on Aaron Yelowitz, "Santa Fe's Living Wage Ordinance and the Labor Market"
  2. Robert Pollin and Jeannette Wicks-Lim
  3. pp. 223-232
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  1. 14 Detecting the Effects of Living Wage Laws: A Comment on Neumark and Adams
  2. Mark Brenner, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, and Robert Pollin
  3. pp. 233-252
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-270
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  1. References
  2. pp. 271-278
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 279-282
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 283-290
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 291-293
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501729522
Related ISBN
9780801473630
MARC Record
OCLC
1080551289
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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