An increase in the federal minimum wage will disproportionately benefit hourly paid workers who are young, female, nonwhite, never married, and less educated, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH.
The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Who Would Be Affected By a New Minimum Wage Policy?” The research was conducted by Jessica Carson, a vulnerable families research scientist at the Carsey Institute.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour. Two legislative bills proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour are currently in review by congressional committees.
“Because it is unclear whether the proposed legislation will pass in its current incarnation, this brief describes the population who would be directly affected by the president’s proposal: workers earning between $7.25 and $9 per hour,” Carson said. “Although...