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Assessing the Distribution of Wage Increases and Answering Public Questions Regarding a San Francisco Minimum Wage

Written during the period of public debate before the passage of San Francisco’s minimum wage law, this brief calculates the potential impact of the law upon city workers and businesses. The authors calculate the number of workers to be affected by the law and the wage gains that will accrue to them, and give a breakdown of affected workers by ethnicity, gender, and age. The study also provides a point-by-point analysis of claims made in a report produced by the restaurant trade association.