April 25, 2017

Public Lecture with Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley - Universal Basic Income Policies


 January 10, 2017

Public Lecture with Professor Jacob Vigdor, University of Washington - Initial Findings from the Seattle Minimum Wage Study


The political will to pursue redistributive economic policies is geographically concentrated. Recent years have seen local governments pass laws imposing new worker protections, higher minimum wages, regulations promoting the construction of lower-cost housing, and most recently taxes on high executive compensation. The traditional concern with local redistribution has been sustainability: when cities tax the rich to support the poor, the rich have the option to move to the suburbs.

This narrative has been applied to mid-century American cities. As cities become wealthier and the poor suburbanize, new concerns arise: cities appear to be adopting pro-poor policies only after most of the poor have been priced out of them, and the means of fighting inequality have been privatized -- compared to government-funded income support, a high minimum wage is worthless for those who cannot find work. This lecture will consider the prospects of this new urban agenda.

Jacob Vigdor is the Daniel J. Evans Professor of Public Policy and Government at the University of Washington. He is also a research affiliate at UC Irvine's Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute. He is in the midst of a study at the University of Washington that examines the impact of the Seattle Minimum Wage ordinance on labor market outcomes.

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 November 17, 2016

UC Center Sacramento - Lecture by Jacob Vigdor and Heather Hill on Initial Findings from the Seattle Minimum Wage Study


The City of Seattle minimum wage ordinance went into effect in April 2015, with a minimum wage of $10 or $11 depending on the size of the employer and whether the employer provides health insurance. The mandate covers nearly all workers in the City of Seattle, regardless of where the employer is headquartered. The wage rate is scheduled to increase incrementally every January through 2021 and is tied to inflation thereafter. The authors of the study (Jacob Vigdor and Heather Hill) will give a lecture on the study at the UC Center Sacramento on November 17.

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 October 27, 2016

What Should the Next President Do to Increase Economic Opportunity? 


With Election Day closing in, a topic on the minds of many Americans is economic opportunity. What ideas does the next president have for increasing incomes and employment? Addressing our country’s growing prison population? Growing income inequalities and neighborhood segregation? Children and their education, health and well-being?

We invite you to join the newly formed Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute and UCI School of Social Sciences for a panel discussion focused on these important, timely topics. ESSPRI, directed by Chancellor’s Professor of economics David Neumark, spearheads original and cutting edge research on policies and programs designed to support economic self-sufficiency.

The event will consist of brief presentations by UCI faculty members on key topics related to promoting economic self-sufficiency, as well as remarks by special guest Max Gardner, president and CEO of Orange County United Way. Under Gardner's stewardship, Orange County United Way is working to create a brighter future for the next generation via quality education, financial stability, good health, and stable housing, all of which align with the policy focus of ESSPRI. The presentations will be followed by discussion among the panelists and with the audience.

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