Jobs and Wages

  • Briefing Paper
    July 1, 1998 - 11:47am

    On October 1, 1996, the federal minimum wage rose from $4.25 to $4.75. It increased to $5.15 on September 1, 1997. In a recent national study, Making Work Pay: The Impact of the 1996-97 Minimum Wage Increase, Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in Washington, D.C., examined how these increases affected low-wage workers.

    Building on the EPI analysis, the Keystone Research Center (KRC) here examines the impacts of the minimum-wage increases on low-wage workers in Pennsylvania.

    The Impact Across the U.S.

  • Briefing Paper
    July 1, 1998 - 11:46am

    This briefing paper documents both bright and dark sides to the economic fortunes of Pennsylvania families since the 1970s. The bright side is that Pennsylvania is a relatively prosperous state and the fruits of its prosperity are slightly more equally distributed than in the United States as a whole. The dark side is that, during two decades of rising inequality across the nation, family income inequality has grown more in Pennsylvania than in all but a handful of states. It is by now old news that Pennsylvania’s working families were devastated from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.

  • Briefing Paper
    April 1, 1998 - 11:45am

    For many decades Americans have considered a long-term, full-time job with a single employer the “standard” employment arrangement. But “nonstandard” work arrangements (e.g., part-time, temporary, and fixed-term contract employment) have been growing. Expanding non-standard employment is one reason many Americans are anxious about their economic prospects. Nonstandard work typically pays lower wages and offers fewer employee benefits than standard work.

  • Briefing Paper
    January 1, 1998 - 11:44am
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