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David Cooper, MPP Biography

Senior Economic Analyst and Deputy Director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at the Economic Policy Institute
Pro to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“Since its inception during the Great Depression, a strong minimum wage has been recognized as a key labor market institution that, if effectively maintained, can provide the foundation for equitable and adequate pay for American workers. However, the failure to regularly and adequately raise the federal minimum wage over the past five decades is one of several policy failures that have denied a generation of American workers more significant improvement in their quality of life. In fact, the erosion of the minimum wage has left low-wage workers today earning significantly less than their counterparts 50 years ago.

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would take its value to a level that finally ensures full-time work is a means to escape poverty, and it would provide tens of millions of America’s lowest-paid workers with a substantial, long-overdue improvement in their standard of living. Past increases in the minimum wage have been inadequate to preserve low-wage workers’ standard of living, let alone allow them to share in the broader benefits of rising productivity and a growing economy.”

“Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024 Would Lift Pay for Nearly 40 Million Workers,”, Feb. 5, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Economic Analyst and Deputy Director, Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN), Economic Policy Institute, July 2011-present
  • Data Mapping Contractor, Public Consulting Group, Apr. 2011-July 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Sep. 2010-May 2011
  • MPP, Georgetown University, 2011
  • BA, Government and English, Georgetown University, 2005
  • Twitter handle: @metaCoop
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?