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Mark Long and Robert Plotnick Reflect on the Latest Minimum-Wage Study

Posted: 7/5/2017 (CSDE in the News)

Mark Long and Robert Plotnick, two CSDE Affiliates and Professors of Public Policy at UW, wrote a Seattle Times editorial about the latest findings from their team’s study of Seattle’s heightened minimum wage.  While those findings revealed higher earnings, they also showed a reduction in the number of low-income jobs available. It’s a concerning result for proponents of the measure, but Long and Plotnick stress the importance of further study.

“Just because one social experiment appears to be yielding disappointing effects to date is no reason to stop experimenting,” the pair writes. The study has already taught policymakers some important lessons about wage changes—you can read those takeaways and more in the full article below.

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