Jesse Rothstein
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. Professor of Public Policy and Economics. Research focuses on education and tax policy - particularly on the way that public institutions ameliorate or reinforce the effects of children’s families on their academic and economic outcomes.

What Does the Seattle Experience Teach Us About Minimum Wages?

August 7, 2017

The Issue:

The federal minimum wage is $7.25, well below historical levels in real terms. Many large cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami Beach, and seven states have implemented higher minimum wages. Both California and New York State, along with several cities, are scheduled to raise ...
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Do Minimum Wages Really Kill Jobs?

April 27, 2017

The Issue:

Democrats in the House and Senate have announced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage gradually from its current $7.25 to $15 by 2024. If inflation averages 2 percent between now and 2024, a $15 minimum wage in 2024 would be worth $12.50 in today’s dollars. This increase would place the federal ...
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Social Security Benefits: When Do You Plan to Retire?

February 9, 2017

The Issue:

Social Security provides retirement benefits to over 40 million people each year. Current projections indicate that the program faces a long-term financing shortfall, and many Americans wonder whether the program will survive to pay them the benefits they have earned. President Trump pledged repeatedly ...
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