Minnesota Raised Minimum Wage. Wisconsin Didn't. Here's What Happened.


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A 2017 paper released by The National Bureau of Economic Research pointed out how minimum wage increases reduced the hours working in low-wage jobs. The paper stated, “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 as much as $11 in 2015 and to as much as $13 in 2016. Using a variety of methods to analyze employment in all sectors paying below a specified real hourly wage rate, we conclude that the second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by 6-7 percent, while hourly wages in such jobs increased by 3 percent.”