CPRC Seminar - October 5 *UPDATE* - this seminar will be in Room C05 at CSSW

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to: 


“Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment:

Evidence from Seattle"

presented by Mark C. Long


Professor of Public Policy and Governance & Adjunct Professor of Economics

University of Washington

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room C05

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

Videoconference is available at:

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



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 $11 per hour in 2015 and to $13 per hour in 2016. Using a variety of methods to analyze employment in all sectors paying below a specified real hourly rate, we conclude that the second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9 percent, while hourly wages in such jobs increased by around 3 percent. Consequently, total payroll fell for such jobs, implying that the minimum wage ordinance lowered low-wage employees’ earnings by an average of $125 per month in 2016. Evidence attributes more modest effects to the first wage increase. We estimate an effect of zero when analyzing employment in the restaurant industry at all wage levels, comparable to many prior studies.


Mark C. Long is the Evans School's Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Public policy and Governance and Adjunct Professor of Economics. Long’s research examines the effects of public policies on economic opportunity and efficient social mobility, with emphasis on estimating the benefits and costs of those policies. His education-related research focuses on: (1) the effects of high school course-taking and school and college quality on test scores, educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and family formation and other behaviors; (2) the effects of college financial aid on college entry and household savings; (3) gender disparities in educational attainment; and (4) the effects of affirmative action and alternative college admissions policies on college entry. 

For additional information regarding the Fall 2017 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars