Last updated on: 10/2/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Anna Godøy, PhD Biography

Title:
Labor Economist at the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED) at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"
Reasoning:

“What we found was that higher minimum wages do not have adverse effects on employment, or the weeks or hours worked among minimum wage workers — even four years after minimum wages are increased. We didn’t find adverse employment effects among women and minority groups, either. As a result, we determined that the United States can raise pay to $15 an hour by 2024 without hurting jobs, even in low-wage states…

Higher minimum wages reduce employee turnover costs and increase worker productivity. They raise consumer demand by increasing the purchasing power of workers. Low-wage employers, particularly in the restaurant industry, also absorb minimum wage costs through small price increases in restaurants. Those of us who eat in restaurants are able and willing to pay a few cents more for a typical meal, so restaurant sales go up even with the small price increases.

Our research indicates that pay can increase to $15 an hour in low-wage states without losing jobs, that incomes will grow, and fewer children will grow up in poverty.”

Cowritten with Michael Reich, “The US Can Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 without Hurting Jobs,” cnn.com, July 11, 2019

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Labor economist, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley, Dec. 2018-present
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley, Sep. 2016-Dec. 2018
  • Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Special Research (Oslo, Norway), Jan. 2014-Sep. 2016
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of Oslo (Norway), 2014
  • MA, Economics, University of Oslo (Norway), 2009
Other:
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?