Evans School faculty members analyze minimum wage increase
Raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour would have the effect of increasing the pay of one-fourth of the City of Seattle’s workforce, according to an analysis by three faculty members of the Evans School of Public Affairs.
Marieka Klawitter, Mark Long, Robert Plotnick
The analysis was done by professors Marieka Klawitter and Robert Plotnick and associate professor Mark Long, along with several graduate student assistants. The professors presented their findings to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee as well as at a Seattle University symposium. The Seattle Times summed up the report in a March 24 article.
The team analyzed the characteristics of workers and businesses that would be affected by a minimum wage increase. They also performed simulations of the effects of a minimum wage increase on the rate of families in poverty and the effects on food stamp receipt.
“We were given a challenging task: to produce a thorough analysis expeditiously so as to be useful for real-time policymaking,” said Long, who is also interim director of the UW’s West Coast Poverty Center. “The analysis was conducted rapidly so as to provide the committee with valuable data for their deliberations.”
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