How Living Wage Legislation Affects U.S. Poverty Rates

Source: Suzanne Heller Clain, Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 29 no. 3, Summer 2008
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I investigate how living wage legislation affects poverty. I find evidence that living wage ordinances modestly reduce poverty rates where such ordinances are enacted. However, there is no evidence that state minimum wage laws do so. The difference in the impacts of the two types of legislation conceivably stems from a difference in the party responsible for bearing the burden of the cost.

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