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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 the Evans School’s Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Adjunct Professor of Economics. Long’s research examines the effects of public policies on economic opportunity and efficient social mobility, with emphasis on estimating the benefits and costs of those policies. His education-related research focuses on: (1) the effects of high school course-taking and school and college quality on test scores, educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and family formation and other behaviors; (2) the effects of college financial aid on college entry and household savings; (3) gender disparities in educational attainment; and (4) the effects of affirmative action and alternative college admissions policies on college entry.