What Does Research Tell Us About Minimum Wage?

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents

David Neumark Professor of Economics Director, Center for Economics & Public Policy University of California, Irvine

Professor David Neumark will discuss the research evidence on the minimum wage: How does it affect employment? Do minimum wages help poor families? He will also discuss alternative policies to increase income from work, including the Earned Income Tax Credit. David Neumark is Chancellor’s Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economics & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow of IZA. He has held prior positions at the Public Policy Institute of California, Michigan State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Reserve Board. He is a labor economist with broad public policy interests including: age, sex, and race discrimination; the economics of aging; affirmative action; minimum wages, living wages, and other antipoverty policies; the economics of education; youth labor markets; and local economic development.

Neumark has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, the National Cancer Institute, the Social Security Administration, and numerous foundations. He was the recipient of a Special Emphasis Research Career Award from the National Institute of Aging, focusing on age discrimination and the economics of aging. Neumark has published dozens of articles on minimum wages and living wages, as well as a full-length book – Minimum Wages (with William Wascher, MIT Press, 2008). He has testified in Congress on the economics of the minimum wage, authored op-eds on the topic in the Wall Street Journal, the San Diego Union Tribune, and the Sacramento Bee, and appeared on media outlets including National Public Radio, the Glenn Beck Show, and Fox Business News. His research on min