Today on Your Call: Who would benefit from a minimum wage hike?

Feb 10, 2014

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about renewed calls for raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. An estimated 27.8 million people would benefit from the proposed changes. Who are they? Over 55 percent of minimum wage earners are women and 88 percent are at least 20 years old. How do you think the minimum wage should be set? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Bill Lester, assistant professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michael Konczal, fellow with the Roosevelt Institute

Web Resources:

Washington Post: Economists agree: Raising the minimum wage reduces poverty

American Prospect: Minimum Wage 101

Bill Lester, Arindrajit Dube, and Michael Reich: Minimum Wage Effects Across State Borders

American Prospect: An Increased Minimum Wage Is Good Policy Even During Hard Times

NY Times: Fight Over Minimum Wage Illustrates Web of Industry Ties

NY Times: Can you live on the minimum wage?

NY Times: The case for a higher minimum wage