The employment consequences of increasing the minimum wage in the United States continue to be a major subject of debate, but how researchers choose to estimate the effects of raising […]
Ben Zipperer was a Research Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. His research focuses on the minimum wage and other labor standards, measuring how specific labor market policies affect the income distribution, productivity, and employment. In addition to developing Equitable Growth's research capacity and agenda, he will identify and engage academic researchers and also connect with policymakers, the media, and funders. Ben received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Georgia.
In a new working paper, Alan Manning of the London School of Economics argues that a clear signal of the negative employment effects of the minimum wage is “elusive,” which should not be surprising if...
Card and Krueger discuss the origins of empirical techniques they advanced, how the United States is falling behind when it comes to data, and two conflicting threads of contemporary economic theory.
The combination of the downturn in manufacturing jobs and the decline in unionization has disproportionately affected African American workers. As we pursue policies to improve the quality of work, we should prioritize those which benefit...
New Hampshire is a relatively high-wage state. But it also has the lowest minimum wage in the nation. As such, New Hampshire has more opportunity than most other states to raise its minimum wage.
U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs last month, compared to the 262,000 jobs added in December. The best news in today’s report was that the nation’s prime-age employment rate jumped to 77.7 percent, but at current...
Unusually warm weather over much of the United States helped boost employment growth in December, as the U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs.
One oft-cited explanation for the low overall employment rate—the aging of the U.S. population—does not satisfactorily explain the slow labor market recovery.
Employment growth was strong in October, with the U.S. economy adding 271,000 jobs in the month, according to the latest employment and earnings data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The weak employment and earnings growth—reported today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—shows that the labor market is still recovering from the shocks of the Great Recession.