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California Economic Policy, Report · July 2005

A Decade of Living Wages: What Have We Learned?

David Neumark and Scott Adams

Living wages seek to raise the income of low-wage workers by mandating higher wages. However, such wage increases may also have adverse employment effects, leading employers to reduce employment of less-skilled labor. This study notes that although living wages deliver some benefits to low-income families, additional policies are needed to help the most disadvantaged.


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