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Economists have long debated the effect of minimum wage hikes on working-class jobs. Mark Long, a professor of public policy at the University of Washington in Seattle, recently completed a study of a period when Seattle employers had two separate minimum wage increases over a short period of time. The key finding was that although employers increased wages due to the mandate of the law, they also cut hours and cut jobs.
Mark C. Long is a professor of public policy and governance and an adjunct professor of economics at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington).