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June 7th at 12:00PM:

Jacob Vigdor, Daniel J. Evans Professor of Public Policy & Government at the University of Washington

The Impact of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance on Wages, Workers, Jobs, and Establishments

The Seattle Economics Council is pleased to welcome Jacob Vigdor, Daniel J. Evans Professor of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington. Professor Vigdor is Principal Investigator with the Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team at the University of Washington. He will present an update on the Minimum Wage Study, research which was launched in 2015 to explore the impacts of local minimum wage ordinances in Seattle and other cities. 

Current minimum wage study analysis -

The Minimum Wage Study is a multi-year, mixed-method analysis of local minimum wage laws includes five main components:

1) quasi-experimental analysis of state administrative records to estimate average and heterogeneous treatment effects on employment and public assistance receipt;

2) quasi-experimental analysis of national surveys to estimate average and heterogeneous treatment effects on income, poverty, and health status.

3) surveys and in-depth interviews of firms employing minimum wage workers;

4) the collection of area price data from service, food, and retail establishments; and

5) longitudinal in-depth interviews with low-wage workers


Combined, these study and data elements are designed to offer a comprehensive assessment of the impact of local minimum wage ordinances on employment and earnings, income, and health; to generate insight into the responses of firms and nonprofits; and to illuminate mechanisms through which the minimum wage ordinances may affect low-wage workers and households.

More about Professor Vigdor

Professor Vigdor joined the Evans School as a professor of public policy and governance in 2014. He arrived at the University of Washington following 15 years of service on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Professor Vigdor holds affiliations as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and an external fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London. Professor Vigdor received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999 and a BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University in 1994.

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at the Seattle Municipal Tower  in downtown Seattle 

and will begin at 12:00PM.


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