National Institute on Aging, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This study shows that each additional dollar of minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% annually in large U.S. cities. Over 1,400 infants could be saved annually if localities were allowed to raise the minimum wage to $15. State laws that prevent cities and counties from raising their minimum wage contribute to infant deaths.
minimum wage, infant mortality, public policy
Economic Policy | Family, Life Course, and Society | Work, Economy and Organizations
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The authors are affiliates of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, which receives funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant # 1P30AG066583). Funding for this study was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action Program.
Wolf, Douglas A.; Monnat, Shannon M.; and Karas Montez, Jennifer, "Allowing Cities to Raise the Minimum Wage Could Prevent Hundreds of Infant Deaths Annually" (2021). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 112.
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