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November 15, 2021

Seattle’s Local Minimum Wage and Earnings Inequality

Long, M. (2021). Economic Inquiry.

During the past 6 years, a wave of local minimum wage laws passed in the United States with policymakers and advocates framing the policy as a means of reducing income…

April 30, 2021

Developing capacity and reducing risk? An analysis of federal international contracting

Evans Authors: Benjamin M. Brunjes

Harris, A. B., & Brunjes, B. (2021). International Public Management Journal

The US federal government outsources much of its work abroad, spurring a large and competitive industry to implement these contracts. This study explores the extent to which federal agencies select locally owned versus externally owned contractors, and the factors that predict whether a contract will be given to a locally owned firm. Findings indicate that…

June 30, 2020

Initial Nonprofit Exposure and Response to Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance

Evans Authors: Scott W. Allard

Allard, S., Romich, J., Buszkiewicz, J. H., Althauser, A. K., & Obara, E. E. (2020). Social Service Review.

A growing number of state and local governments have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal minimum in recent years. Discussion around such laws focuses primarily on the responses of for-profit firms, even though higher minimum wages pose unique challenges to nonprofit organizations. This study examined survey and in-depth interview data with nonprofit executives…

May 15, 2018

Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle

Evans Authors: Jacob L. Vigdor

Jardim, E., Long, M. C., Plotnick, R., van Inwegen, E. Vigdor, J., & Wething, H. (2018). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

This paper evaluates the wage, employment, and hours effects of the first and second phase-in of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance, which raised the minimum wage from $9.47 to as…

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