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.

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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How can Social Security be preserved for future generations?

September 1, 2016 · Research Highlight

Does increasing the minimum wage lead to higher prices?

August 16, 2016 · Research Highlight

The Economics of Health

January 1, 2016 · Research

Payment Reform and "Bending the Curve"

January 1, 2016 · Research

We Have Met Our Enemies and They Are Us

January 1, 2016 · Research

Does paid sick leave lead to healthier employees?

November 24, 2015 · Research Highlight