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A news story on how the debate over raising the federal minimum wage has shifted over time cites research published this year by a team of economists that includes Arindrajit Dube and Doruk Cengiz, economics.

A news story on how the debate over raising the federal minimum wage has shifted over time cites research published this year by a team of economists that includes Arindrajit Dube and Doruk Cengiz, economics. The study found local effects of more than 130 minimum-wage increases since 1979 where the decrease in jobs paying less than the minimum wage was fully offset by an increase in jobs paying just more than the new wage rate. The story also mentions other research Dube has done on the minimum wage and how it affects the job market. (Washington Post, 7/8/19)

A new study co-authored by Lawrence P. King, economics, finds that falling incomes and rising incarceration rates at the county level in the U.S. are linked to an increase in drug-related deaths.

A new study co-authored by Lawrence P. King, economics, finds that falling incomes and rising incarceration rates at the county level in the U.S. are linked to an increase in drug-related deaths. “If we’re incarcerating people because we don’t like the negative effects of drugs, what this study shows is it’s counterproductive,” King says. (WRAL.com [from CNN; Science Codex, 7/3/19)

A news story about efforts to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 cites research done in 2018 by Arindrajit Dube, economics, that finds raising the minimum wage reduces the number of families living in poverty.

A news story about efforts to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024 cites research done in 2018 by Arindrajit Dube, economics, that finds raising the minimum wage reduces the number of families living in poverty. The story also says research has shown that raising the minimum wage does not lead to major job losses, reduction in hours or a decrease in low-wage jobs. Another study co-authored by UMass Amherst economists says raising the minimum wage between 1979 and 2016 gave low-wage workers a pay increase but didn’t cause changes in employment. (Vox, 7/2/19)

Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), comments on universal basic income, an idea proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), comments on universal basic income, an idea proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Pollin says there is a very steep price to pay for simplicity in this program because it doesn’t involve means-testing, so money may be spent on people who don’t need the support. (Boston Globe, 6/25/19)

An article reporting that Congress has set a record for the longest stretch of time, 10 years, since the federal minimum wage was raised, cites an upcoming paper by Arindrajit Dube, economics.

An article reporting that Congress has set a record for the longest stretch of time, 10 years, since the federal minimum wage was raised, cites an upcoming paper by Arindrajit Dube, economics. Dube’s work shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduces the number of families living in poverty. (Vox, 6/19/19)

Did the BJP/NDA secure a mandate to refashion India along the lines of Hindu-majoritarian nationalism? The answer has to be negative given the evidence writes Vamsi Vakulabharanam, economics.

Did the BJP/NDA secure a mandate to refashion India along the lines of Hindu-majoritarian nationalism? The answer has to be negative given the evidence writes Vamsi Vakulabharanam, economcis, and how the recently concluded election produced a puzzling outcome. (The Wire, 5/5/2019)

A columnist writing in the Washington Examiner cites the research of Arindrajit Dube, economics, who says raising the minimum wage has little negative impact if the increase is kept at about half the median wage level for a city or region.

A columnist writing in the Washington Examiner cites the research of Arindrajit Dube, economics, who says raising the minimum wage has little negative impact if the increase is kept at about half the median wage level for a city or region. The writer argues that large increases in the minimum wage will have more negative effects than expected, in part, because people won’t carefully read what economists like Dube are actually saying. (Washington Examiner, 6/5/19)

An editorial calls for the British government to proceed cautiously following a report that Arindrajit Dube, economics, who was hired by Philip Hammond, has signaled he is likely to support proposed big increases in the rates.

An editorial calls for the British government to proceed cautiously following a report that Arindrajit Dube, economics, who was hired by Philip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer for the U.K. to examine Britain’s minimum wage, has signaled he is likely to support proposed big increases in the rates. (Financial Times, 6/3/19)