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Wednesday June 12th 2024

What is the U of M”'s Wages Study about?

The minimum wage is scheduled to rise to $15 an hour in Minneapolis over the next 5 years. The Wages Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will evaluate the effects of this increase on the health of low-wage Minneapolis workers. The study will look at a number of health-related measures including food purchases. The aim is to enroll 450 low-wage workers in Minneapolis (earning $11.50/hour or less). Low-wage workers will also be enrolled in Raleigh, North Carolina for comparison because that State has passed a law preventing municipalities from raising the minimum wage.

Health effects of the Minneapolis Wage Ordinance are being studied for several reasons: Minimum wage is a social determinant of health; minimum wage is a potential policy lever to address health equity; health effects of wages need to be studied more fully; and, the stated purpose of the Minneapolis Wage Ordinance is to “maintain worker”'s health, efficacy, and general well-being.

Eligible participants will be compensated for their participation. Results will be shared with community partners. The work is beginning now to develop a team of people/organizations who will help to interpret the research results and tell the stories that need to be told. 

Questions about the study may be emailed to Dr. Caitlin Caspi, Or if you or your organization would like to find out more on how to actively engage with this study, call Susan Gust, community connector, 612-414-6623. Potential study participants can enroll by calling 612-624-7673. (see ad this page)

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