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Simulating the Economic Impacts of Living Wage Mandates Using New Public and Administrative Data: Evidence for New York City

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  • Neumark, David

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    (University of California, Irvine)

  • Thompson, Matthew

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    (Charles River Associates)

  • Brindisi, Francesco

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    (New York City Office of Management and Budget)

  • Koyle, Leslie

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    (Charles River Associates)

  • Reck, Clayton

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    (Charles River Associates)

Abstract

Policy researchers often have to estimate the future effect of imposing a policy in a particular location. There is often evidence on the effects of similar policies in other jurisdictions, but no information on the effects of the policy in the jurisdiction in question. And the policy may have specific features not reflected in the experiences of other areas. It is then necessary to combine the evidence from other locations with detailed information and data specific to the jurisdiction in question, with which to simulate the effects of the policy in the new jurisdiction. We illustrate and use this approach in estimating the impact of a proposed living wage mandate for New York City, emphasizing how our ex ante simulations make use of detailed location-specific information on workers, families, and employers using administrative data and other new public data sources.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7113.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7113

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  1. David Neumark & Scott Adams, 2003. "Do Living Wage Ordinances Reduce Urban Poverty?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 38(3).
  2. David Neumark & Mark Schweitzer & William Wascher, 2004. "The effects of minimum wages on the distribution of family incomes: a nonparametric analysis," Working Paper 0412, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  3. Rebecca M. Blank, 2002. "Evaluating Welfare Reform in the United States," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 40(4), pages 1105-1166, December.
  4. Scott Adams & David Neumark, 2003. "Living Wage Effects: New and Improved Evidence," NBER Working Papers 9702, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Scott Adams & David Neumark, 2004. "When Do Living Wages Bite?," PPIC Working Papers 2004.09, Public Policy Institute of California.
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