A Case for Indexing the Minimum Wage in California: An Analysis of Indexed Minimum Wage Policies in Santa Fe, NM and San Francisco, CA

Political Institutions: Bureaucracies & Public Administration eJournal; Vol 5, Issue 76, June 3, 2011 Information

44 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 21 Oct 2013

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Brian Russ

University of the Pacific (UOP), McGeorge School of Law, Students

Date Written: May 23, 2011

Abstract

Minimum wages vary greatly throughout the United States. Many states follow the federal minimum wage, and other states enact their own higher minimum wage. However, in high cost-of-living municipalities, local governments are enacting higher minimum wages or living wages. Businesses tend to resist these increases for fear of lost business, although thorough empirical studies show that wage increases do not hurt local economies and can actually cause the local economy to grow. This paper focuses on minimum wages that apply to all works, but many local governments have elected to pay ‘living wages’ for employees or contractors.

Keywords: minimum wage, indexed minimum wage, living wage

Suggested Citation

Russ, Brian, A Case for Indexing the Minimum Wage in California: An Analysis of Indexed Minimum Wage Policies in Santa Fe, NM and San Francisco, CA (May 23, 2011). Political Institutions: Bureaucracies & Public Administration eJournal; Vol 5, Issue 76, June 3, 2011 Information. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1850730 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1850730

Brian Russ (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific (UOP), McGeorge School of Law, Students ( email )

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Sacremento, CA 95817
United States

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