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University of California—Irvine, Center for Economics and Public Policy—Founding Director; University of California, Irvine, Department of Economics—Chancellor’s Professor of Economics; 2009–present: Charles River Associates—Senior Consultant; 2006–present Stanford University Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality—Fellow; 2004–present: IZA, Institute for the Study of Labor—Research Fellow; 1995–present: National Bureau of Economic Research—Research Associate
Visiting Lecturer, Renmin University, Hanqing Institute, Beijing, China (2012); Professor of Economics, Michigan State University, Department of Economics (1994–2004); Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Economics (1989–1994)
PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1987
“Revisiting the minimum wage-employment debate: Throwing out the baby with the bathwater?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review (Forthcoming) (with J. M. I. Salas and W. Wascher).
“Does a higher minimum wage enhance the effectiveness of the earned income tax credit?” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 64:4 (2011): 712–746 (with W. Wascher).
“Minimum wages and employment.” Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics 3:1-2 (2007): 1–182 (with W. Wascher).
“The effects of minimum wages on the distribution of family incomes: A non-parametric analysis.” Journal of Human Resources 40 (2005): 867–894 (with M. Schweitzer and W. Wascher).
“Minimum wages and employment: A case study of the fast-food industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Comment.” American Economic Review 90:5 (2000): 1362–1396 (with W. Wascher). Reprinted in Donohue, J. (ed.). Economics of Labor and Employment Law. Volume 2. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.
When minimum wages are introduced or raised, are there fewer jobs? Global evidence says yesDavid Neumark, May 2014The potential benefits of higher minimum wages come from the higher wages for affected workers, some of whom are in poor or low-income families. The potential downside is that a higher minimum wage may discourage employers from using the low-wage, low-skill workers that minimum wages are intended to help. If minimum wages reduce employment of low-skill workers, then minimum wages are not a “free lunch” with which to help poor and low-income families, but instead pose a tradeoff of benefits for some versus costs for others. Research findings are not unanimous, but evidence from many countries suggests that minimum wages reduce the jobs available to low-skill workers.MoreLess