The effects of 137 minimum wage hikes, in one chart

Source: Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, Wonkblog, February 5, 2018

Last summer, a paper on the effects of Seattle’s minimum-wage increase made national headlines with its conclusion: The change made low-income workers worse off, not better, because it forced employers to cut back on hiring and hours to afford paying higher wages. …..

…. A little more than six months later, and minds have indeed been changed — among them Autor’s. He now says that other recent minimum-wage papers have underscored the limitations of the Seattle study.

Chief among those newer papers is a large analysis of the effects of minimum-wage increases that have occurred since 1979. That paper, co-written by Arindrajit Dube of the University of Massachusetts, was recently presented at the American Economic Association’s annual conference….

The effect of minimum wages on the total number of jobs: Evidence from the United States using a bunching estimator
Source: Doruk Cengiz, Arindrajit Dube, Attila Lindner, Ben Zipperer, April 30, 2017, Presented at the American Economic Association 2018 meeting