Wages, Health Insurance & Benefits

Understanding the costs and benefits of regulating wages is an important goal of economic analysis and research.

In a time of increasing income inequality, there is much debate around minimum wage laws and “living wage” ordinances. Policymakers must understand how these laws, tax systems and other federal and state regulations influence compensation and employer costs to reduce that inequality.

Other laws and regulations attempt to reduce wage inequality and eliminate discrimination against racial minorities, women, older workers and workers with disabilities. The Affordable Care Act has caused changes for employers regarding the provision of health insurance.


Higher-wage workers can bargain for more pay, others more likely to quit

January 11, 2022 · Research Highlight
Getting a raise in a secondary job can lead to better pay at the primary job, but only for higher-wage workers.

Seasonal workers don’t make up for lost hours by taking other jobs

December 21, 2020 · Research Highlight
New research finds that seasonal workers and others in their household don’t make up for the lost earnings during their off-season by finding other work.

Study finds up to 7.7 million lost jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance during COVID pandemic in U.S.

October 7, 2020 · Research Highlight
Nearly 7 million dependents affected; disproportionate effects on manufacturing sector, women and workers 35-54

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Higher-wage workers can bargain for more pay, others more likely to quit

January 11, 2022 · Research Highlight
Getting a raise in a secondary job can lead to better pay at the primary job, but only for higher-wage workers.

Seasonal workers don’t make up for lost hours by taking other jobs

December 21, 2020 · Research Highlight
New research finds that seasonal workers and others in their household don’t make up for the lost earnings during their off-season by finding other work.

Study finds up to 7.7 million lost jobs with employer-sponsored health insurance during COVID pandemic in U.S.

October 7, 2020 · Research Highlight
Nearly 7 million dependents affected; disproportionate effects on manufacturing sector, women and workers 35-54

Introduction [to The Economics of Health]

August 13, 2020 · Research