IRLE Minimum Wage Group Influences National, State and Local Debates

This corpus of policy briefs, reports and academic research has greatly influenced the widespread public and academic debates about the future of U.S. minimum wage policy. The national media closely follows the release of IRLE publications and is quick to seek the opinions of many of our experts.

Much of the minimum wage work at IRLE is spearheaded by Professor Michael Reich, IRLE’s immediate past director; Ken Jacobs, Chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education (CLRE); Sylvia Allegretto, Co-Chair, Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED); and Annette Bernhardt, Senior Researcher, CWED and CLRE.

These four researchers are principals of IRLE Minimum Wage Group, a joint program of CLRE and CWED. The CWED and IRLE web sites each host research pages that list resources on this topic.

Prospective Evaluations of Proposed Minimum Wage Laws
Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage in California and Fresno, January 2017, Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto and Claire Montialoux

The Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage by 2019 in San Jose and Santa Clara County, June 2016, Michael Reich, Claire Montialoux, Sylvia Allegretto, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt, and Sarah Thomason

The Effects of a $15 Minimum Wage in New York State, March 2016, Michael Reich, Sylvia Allegretto, Ken Jacobs and Claire Montialoux

Contra Costa County’s Proposed Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study, September 2015, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt, Ian Perry and Michael Reich

Estimated Impact of a Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Sacramento, August 2015, Michael Reich, Annette Bernhardt, Ian Perry and Ken Jacobs

Data and Methods for Estimating the Impact of Proposed Local Minimum Wage Laws, August 2015, Ian Perry and Annette Bernhardt

The Proposed Minimum Wage Law for Los Angeles: Economic Impacts and Policy Options
, March 2015, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry

San Francisco’s Proposed City Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Impact Study, August 2014, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry

Estimated Impact of San Diego’s Proposed Minimum Wage Law, June 2014, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry

The Ten Dollars or Thirteen Dollars? Comparing the Effects of State Minimum Wage Increases in California, June 2014, Sylvia A. Allegretto, Michael Reich and Rachel West

The Impact of Oakland’s Proposed City Minimum Wage Law: A Prospective Study, June 2014, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Annette Bernhardt and Ian Perry

Increasing the Minimum Wage in San Jose: Benefits and Costs, October 2012, Michael Reich

Raising Low Pay in a High Income Economy: The Economics of a San Francisco Minimum Wage
May 2003, Michael Reich and Amy Laitinen

Other Policy Reports
Pairing Medicaid Expansion and a $10.10 Minimum Wage, October 2014, Rachel West and Michael Reich
Basic Research on the Minimum Wage
(Reader’s Note: access to the following titles is contingent on licensed agreements and may vary)

Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy & Society, Vol. 54, No 4: Special issue in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Co-Edited by Jesse Rothstein and Michael Reich. (Table of Contents link.)
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irel.2015.54.issue-4/issuetoc

The Ups and Downs of Minimum Wage Policy: The Fair Labor Standards Act in Historical Perspective. Michael Reich. Industrial Relations. October 2015, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p538-546.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irel.12105/abstract

Tipped Wage Effects on Earnings and Employment in Full-Service Restaurants.
Sylvia A. Allegretto and Carl Nadler. Industrial Relations. October 2015, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p622-647. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irel.12108/abstract

The Effects of Minimum Wages on Food Stamp Enrollment and Expenditures. Michael Reich and Rachel West, Rachel. Industrial Relations. October 2015, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p668-694.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/irel.12110/abstract

Minimum Wage Shocks, Employment Flows and Labor Market Frictions
Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Michael Reich, 2014. IRLE Working Paper No. 149-13, October 2014 (forthcoming in the Journal of Labor Economics in 2016).

When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level. Edited by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Miranda Dietz. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2014. (Table of Contents & purchase link.)

Twenty-three Years and Still Waiting for Change: Why It’s Time to Give Tipped Workers the Regular Minimum Wage. Sylvia A Allegretto and David Cooper. Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics and Economic Policy Institute. July 10, 2014.

Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment? Accounting for Heterogeneity and Selectivity in State Panel Data. Sylvia A. Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube and Michael Reich. Industrial Relations. April 2011, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p. 205-240.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2011.00634.x/abstract

Minimum Wage Effects across State Borders: Estimates Using Contiguous Counties. Arindrajit Dube, T. Willima Lester, and Michael Reich. Review of Economics & Statistics, November 2010, Vol. 92 Issue 4, p945-964.

The Economic Effects of a Citywide Minimum Wage. Arindrajit Dube, Suresh Naidu and Michael Reich. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, July 2007, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p522-543.

Living Wage Policies at the San Francisco Airport: Impacts on Workers and Businesses. Michael Reich, Peter Hall, and Ken Jacobs. Industrial Relations. January 2005, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p106-138.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0019-8676.2004.00375.x/abstract

The Impacts of Living Wage Policies: Introduction to the Special Issue. David Fairris and Michael Reich. Industrial Relations; January 2005, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p1-13.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0019-8676.2004.00370.x/abstract

IRLE Working Paper Series
Are Local Minimum Wages Absorbed by Price Increases? Estimates from Internet-based Restaurant Menus
Sylvia Allegretto and Michael Reich.
Working Paper No. 124-15, November 2016

Credible Research Designs for Minimum Wage Studies: A Response to Neumark, Salas and Wascher
Sylvia Allegretto, Arindrajit Dube, Michael Reich and Ben Zipperer. IRLE Working Paper No. 116-15, September 2015

Local Minimum Wage Laws: Impacts on Workers, Families and Businesses
Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Annette Bernhardt. IRLE Working Paper No. 104-14, March 2014

Waiting for Change: Is it Time to Increase the $2.13 Subminimum Wage?
Sylvia A. Allegretto, IRLE Working Paper No. 155-13, December 2013

IRLE Minimum Wage Research and Resources
» Inventory of US City and County Minimum Wage Ordinances
» All IRLE Minimum Wage publications
Media Coverage of IRLE Minimum Wage Research
All Economics is Local, The New York Times, March 2014
No, a Minimum-Wage Boost Won’t Kill Jobs, Michael Reich, Politico. February 2014