The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook

Editor/Author Levin-Waldman, Oren M.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Single-User Purchase Price: $58.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $87.00
ISBN: 978-1-44-083394-6
Category: Social Sciences - Contemporary Issues & Controversies
Image Count: 10
Book Status: Available
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This comprehensive overview examines the history, policies, and key players in the minimum wage arena and discusses the various controversies that have surrounded it. Author Oren M. Levin-Waldman presents a balanced approach to the topic, shedding light on legitimate evidence from both sides of the argument and debunking claims based on ideology, partisanship, and distortions of data.

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Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1 Background and History
    • Introduction
    • Reasons for a Minimum Wage
    • First Minimum Wages
    • The Road to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Expansion of Minimum Wage in the United States
    • Contraction of Minimum Wage in the United States
    • Minimum Wages in Europe
    • The Current Context
    • Analysis
    • References
    • 2 Problems, Controversies, and Solutions
    • Introduction
    • Competing Minimum Wage Models
    • Standard Model
    • Monopsony Model
    • Efficiency-Wage Model
    • Unemployment Consequences
    • Problem of Data
    • Measuring the Minimum Wage Population
    • Politicization of Data
    • Source of Low Wages
    • Alternatives to Minimum Wage
    • Solutions?
    • Analysis
    • References
    • 3 Perspectives
    • Introduction
    • The Early Institutionalists and the Positive Case for a Minimum Wage: Bruce Kaufman
    • Minimum Wages and Living Wages: Stephanie Luce
    • Minimum Wage: Good Intentions and Bad Results: Antony Davies
    • Policymakers Should Exercise Maximum Caution on the Minimum Wage: Michael Saltsman
    • A Strong National Wage Floor Is Essential to Protecting Workers, Fighting Inequality, and Maintaining a Growing U.S. Economy: David Cooper
    • Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy: David Madland
    • Molly Moon's Minimum Wage Perspective: Molly Moon Neitzel
    • Minimum Wages and Economic Inequality: Thomas Volscho
    • 4 Profiles
    • Introduction
    • The Progressives
    • Louis Brandeis
    • John Bates Clark
    • John R. Commons
    • Edward Filene
    • Samuel Gompers
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    • Richard A. Lester
    • Sidney Webb
    • The Legislators
    • William Connery and Hugo Black
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    • The Academicians
    • Richard V. Burkhauser
    • David Card
    • Arindrajit Dube
    • David Neumark and William Wascher
    • Michael Reich
    • Contemporary Activist Organizations and Individuals
    • AFL-CIO
    • Economic Policy Institute
    • Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Employment Policies Institute
    • Naquasia LeGrand
    • National Association of Manufacturers
    • National Employment Law Project
    • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • References
    • 5 Data and Documents
    • Introduction
    • Data
    • Figure 5.1 Percentage of wage workers and percentage of minimum wage workers
    • Table 5.1 Minimum Wage in Actual and 2015 Adjusted Dollars, 1938–2015
    • Table 5.2 Minimum Wage Workers by Age and Gender for 2012
    • Figure 5.2 Minimum wage as percentage of average annual hourly wage and minimum wage as percentage of poverty line
    • Table 5.3 Labor Force Figures
    • Table 5.4 Demographics
    • Table 5.5 Individual Income in the United States by Contour
    • Table 5.6 Share of Labor Market Earning in Each Contour (Percentage)
    • Table 5.7 Minimum Wages around the World (2013 dollars)
    • Table 5.8. State Minimum Wages as of January 1, 2015
    • Documents
    • 1914 Chicago Debate League on the Minimum Wage
    • Report on Economic Conditions of the South (1937)
    • Franklin Roosevelt's Defense of the FLSA (1938)
    • Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (1968)
    • Excerpts from the 1981 Minimum Wage Study Commission
    • President Barack Obama's Remarks Advocating for a Minimum Wage
    • Excerpts from the 2014 Congressional Budget Office Report on the Minimum Wage
    • 6 Resources for Further Research
    • Introduction
    • Books
    • Articles
    • Internet
    • 7 Chronology
    • Introduction
    • Glossary
    • About the Author