Daily Archives: February 11, 2019

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, says the decline in the number of same-sex marriages in New Hampshire, Vermont and to a lesser degree in Massachusetts, may be due to an easing of pent-up demand.

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, says the decline in the number of same-sex marriages in New Hampshire, Vermont and to a lesser degree in Massachusetts, may be due to an easing of pent-up demand now that federal law allows it and people don’t have to come to New England states to get legally married. She says, however, that is something of a guess because same-sex marriage hasn’t been around long enough to reveal long-term trends. (Concord Monitor [N.H.], 2/9/19)

Research conducted by Arindrajit Dube, economics, shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduced the number of families living in poverty.

Research conducted by Arindrajit Dube, economics, shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduced the number of families living in poverty. In a 2018 paper, Dube concluded that a $12 per hour minimum wage in 2017 would have lifted 6.2 million people out of poverty. (Vox, 2/8/19)