David Neumark: Low-Income Family And Low-Wage Worker Are Related 'Very Loosely'

Mar 13, 2014

Marcie Sillman talks with economist David Neumark at the University of California, Irvine, about what key issues Seattle needs to address before raising its minimum wage.

Neumark argued that being a low-wage worker and being in a low-income family are related loosely.

"We know from the data that most of the benefits of a wage increase like this don't go to poor families," he explained. "That's simply because there's a lot of low-wage workers and non-poor families and even low-income families. And a lot of poor families are poor because nobody works."