The Minimum Wage Study

The Minimum Wage Study is a research effort dedicated to providing rigorous analysis of the impact of minimum wage ordinances in metropolitan regions and states.  We seek to provide insights that will be useful for policymakers and scholars. As more states and localities move forward with plans to raise the minimum wage, this research will infuse the debate with data on the effects on workers, households, employers, and the local economy.  We focus our analysis on the impacts of recently passed ordinances in Seattle and Chicago, as well as other areas.

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Tent City Impact: Homelessness

"Homelessness has been on the rise," said Professor Rachel Fyall in a recent interview with KTVU. "Over the past few years the homeless rates have been increasing in a disturbing fashion."

In fact, according to the One Night Count spot check on people without homes in Seattle, the increase from 2014 to 2016 was a troubling 44 percent.

Elected officials are trying different interventions to address the problem – from declaring a state of...

Recent Grads; New Alums

In 2016, 183 new graduates joined our growing and impressive network of Evans School alumni. As with previous cohorts, the class of 2016 has hit the career ground running, with many graduates accepting positions in sectors ranging from private company environmental stewardship to public departments of transportation and beyond. In this issue of The Memo, we’d like to introduce you to just a few of your new fellow alums. Meet more Evans School alumni by joining our LinkedIn community.

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Alumni Impact: CTC
Alumni of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Power Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges System

In 1915, 42 students enrolled in a one-year junior college program on the top floor of Everett High School, unknowingly launching Washington’s community and technical college system.  Today, this system is regarded as one of the strongest in the United States. It includes 34 colleges around the state serving more than 385,000 students every year – that’s almost six of every 10 full-...

Paying a Premium - Sharon Kioko, Research Seminar Series

On May 11, Evans School Associate Professor Sharon Kioko discussed her research on the “Impact of Bankruptcy Eligibility Requirements and Statutory Liens on Borrowing Costs” as part of the Evans School Research Seminar Series. Kioko said her inspiration for the working paper, which covers all 50 U.S. states’ fiscal rules for municipalities, came from a 2010 episode of “60 Minutes”.

“The show said there was a defaults...

Markets and Patrons: How social-service providers get their funds

On May 18, Nicole Marwell, an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, discussed her study of the New York City nonprofit sector’s provision of social services, in the penultimate talk of the 2015-2016 Evans School Research Seminar Series.

Marwell and her colleagues, Erez Marantz and Delia Baldassarri, think that “nonprofits serve as the fulcrum between voters and elected officials,” and wanted to learn what...

Dr. Constance Rice (MPA '70) to Speak at Evans School’s 2016 Convocation Ceremony

On June 9, Dr. Constance Williams Rice will offer more than words during her keynote address at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Convocation; her distinguished career will offer the new graduates a nearly perfect model of public service. And, as a fellow Evans School graduate, Dr. Rice can welcome the Class of 2016 to an alumni community of more than 4,000.

“Constance Rice is the consummate citizen servant,” said Sandra O. Archibald, the Dean of the Evans School. “As an educator, nonprofit executive, leader and innovator, she represents the...

P3s & Government
Guiding Light: The Guide to Financial Literacy (Vol. 3): Public-Private Partnerships

When Evans School professor Justin Marlowe and the staff at Governing magazine first created a financial literacy resource for public officials, they had modest aims.

“If a few more state and local officials were better-versed after reading the ‘Guide to...

M.V. Lee Badgett Discusses Developing Public Intellectuals

On May 2, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Economics Professor M.V. Lee Badgett explained how professors can become public intellectuals and influential policy advisors, during an installment of the Evans School Research Seminar Series in the Denny Forum in Parrington Hall. The talk was based on her most recent book, “The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World.”

Prof. Badgett described three characteristics shared by successful advisors: they are good at “seeing...

Benjamin M. Brunjes Joins Evans School Faculty

The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance is pleased to announce Benjamin M. Brunjes’ appointment as Assistant Professor beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. The addition of Brunjes, who received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, bolsters the Evans School’s ninth-ranked Public Leadership, Management, & Decision-Making specialty area.

Professor Brunjes possesses a wealth of professional experience that aligns with the Evans...