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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2001): Minimum Wage - Overseas

DAWN OF THE LIVING WAGE: THE DIFFUSION OF A REDISTRIBUTIVE MUNICIPAL POLICY

I. Martin

Urban Affairs Review, vol. 36, 2001, p. 470-496

From 1994 to 1999 a new form of redistributive policy has emerged in cities across the US. Following the passage of the first "living wage ordinance" by Baltimore in 1994, 21 other cities have passed similar laws that mandate a minimum wage above the poverty line for certain workers in the private sector.