Professor Marieka Klawitter, Associate Professor Mark Long, and Daniel J. Evans Professor Robert D. Plotnick recently completed a report on the effects of implementing increased citywide minimum wage laws, commissioned by the City of Seattle for the Income Inequality Advisory Committee. The researchers were assisted by Evans School students Ruth Allanbrook (MPA ’14), Pierre Biscaye (MPA ’14), Katie Escudero (MPA ’14), and recent Ph.D. graduate Jason Williams (Ph.D. ’14). The team has presented the report Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle’s Minimum Wage? to the Committee and at Seattle University's Income Equality Symposium.
The team conducted an analysis of the characteristics of workers and businesses that would be affected by a minimum wage increase. They also performed simulations of the effects of a minimum wage increase on the rate of families in poverty and the effects on food stamp receipt.
“We were given a challenging task: to produce a thorough analysis expeditiously so as to be useful for real-time policy-making,” says Long, who also serves as the interim director of the West Coast Poverty Center. “The analysis was conducted rapidly so as to provide the Committee with valuable data for their deliberations."
"This project was a great example of how the Evans School can contribute to the community as well as give students an opportunity to participate in timely research," said Klawitter.