A Decade of Living Wages: What Have We Learned? By Scott Adams and David Neumark, Public Policy Institute of California. California Economic Policy. Vol. 1, No. 3. (Teh Institute, San Francisco, California) July 2005. 24 p.
Full Text at: www.ppic.org/content/pubs/EP_605SAEP.pdf
["Consider the movement to enact what is known as a living wage in communities across the country. Contending that the federal or state minimum wage is too low to support a head of household, advocates have lobbied for a higher minimum, most often applied to companies that contract to provide services for local government or receive some kind of business assistance from the public agency.... [Researchers] found that a 50 percent increase in the living wage leads to about a 2 percent increase in wages for the lowest skilled workers. But they also found that the same 50 percent increase leads to a 6 percent reduction in employment for that same group of workers." Sacramento Bee (June 30, 2005) B7.]