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The changing employment situation in some cities with living wage ordinances

  • James Buss
  • Arthur Romeo
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    More than 120 municipalities (cities, towns, and counties) have introduced living wage ordinances. These laws mandate that certain employers in their jurisdiction pay their workers wages that are above federal and state minimum levels. The opponents of these laws argue that these ordinances have adverse impacts on local labor markets. This study considers rates of growth of employment and unemployment trends in a sample of these cities before and after they introduced their living wage ordinances. It finds that while a few cities have had negative labor market experiences after introducing their living wage law these cities represent the exception rather than the rule.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Review of Social Economy.

    Volume (Year): 64 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 349-367

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    1. Scott Adams & David Neumark, 2005. "Living Wage Effects: New and Improved Evidence," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 19(1), pages 80-102, February.
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