Who Benefited from the 2007 Minimum Wage Increase?
Early Career Research Award
Past research on the effects of the 1996 and 1997 minimum wage increases gives conflicting evidence about who benefits most from these wage increases. This paper uses data from both the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Current Population Survey (CPS) to examine the 2007 minimum wage increase. Comparison of the data from both sets yields different results and suggests that there are employment effects. This study will provide a clearer understanding of who benefits from a minimum wage increase and specifically who benefited most from the 2007 minimum wage increase.