Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy

Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy

by Robert Pollin, Stephanie Luce


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The Living Wage Shows How Living Wage Proposals are Affordable for Both Cities and Employers, and Reveals How such Proposals Can Play an Important Role in Reversing the Twenty-Five-Year Decline in Wages Experienced by Most Working People in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565845886
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author or editor of four previous books and has written widely for The Nation, New Left Review, and other publications.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresviii
List of Tablesix
Preface to the Paperback Editionxi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxiii
Chapter 1A Movement for Economic Justice1
Chapter 2Minimum Wage, Prevailing Wage, Living Wage26
Chapter 3Living Wages and Urban Development Policies54
Chapter 4How Much Do Living Wage Laws Cost and Who Pays for Them?87
Chapter 5Who Benefits From the Living Wage?136
Chapter 6Toward a National Living Wage Policy163
Afterword to the Paperback Edition194
Appendix ISuggestions for Researching Living Wage Proposals202
Appendix IILiving Wage and Similar Measures in the United States, 1989-99212
Appendix IIIMethodology and Data Sources for Chapter 4220
Appendix IVUnderlying Calculations for Chapter 5 Individual Benefit Figures229

What People are Saying About This

Sen. Edward Kennedy

An excellent, informative, and highly readable analysis of the living wage campaigns.

John Sweeney

Insightful. . .Seeks out and exposes every clay foot in the standard economic arguments against legislating a decent and livable wage for workers (John Sweeney is President, AFL-CIO).

Nancy Folbre

This book does a terrific job of explaining how the living wage would work -- and how it is already working (Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts).

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