Massachusetts lawmakers recently raised the minimum wage to $11 an hour — the highest statewide rate in the country. And yet, despite widespread support among U.S. voters, Congress remains unlikely to increase the nationwide minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In this lively panel discussion, "Waging Democracy: The Politics and Process of Raising the Minimum Wage," nationally respected labor economists, policymakers and organizers will address realistic and effective strategies to raise the minimum wage and reduce inequality in America. Panelists include Jared Bernstein (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) and Arin Dube (UMass Amherst Economics Department). The panel is part of the SBS yearlong series, Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Inequality.
Sponsored by the Center for Public Policy and Administration.