Domestic Public Policy

The Seattle Minimum Wage Evaluation Project

Grant Year: 2017

Jacob Vigdor will lead an effort to examine how an increase in the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 per hour affects employment, earnings, and receipt of public benefits. The project will make use of individual-level data on employment and earnings, firm-level data on employment and earnings, and public assistance records. These data will allow the research team to better answer important questions, such as whether an increase in earnings for some individuals could lead to a decrease in employment for others and whether changes in earnings lead to changes in the cost of public assistance programs. The project’s findings will appear in a series of reports that will inform the national debate over minimum-wage laws and low-wage labor markets in general.

University of Washington Domestic Public Policy