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Jeffrey Clemens, PhD Biography

Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California at San Diego
Con to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"

“Over three subsequent years, we find that binding minimum wage increases had significant, negative effects on the employment and income growth of targeted workers. Lost income reflects contributions from employment declines, increased probabilities of working without pay (i.e., an ‘internship’ effect), and lost wage growth associated with reductions in experience accumulation…

Over the late 2000s, the average effective minimum wage rose by 30 percent across the United States. We estimate that these minimum wage increases reduced the national employment-to-population ratio by 0.7 percentage point…

We find that binding minimum wage increases significantly reduced the likelihood that low-skilled workers rose to what we characterize as lower middle class earnings. This curtailment of transitions into lower middle class earnings began to emerge roughly one year following initial declines in low wage employment. Reductions in upward mobility thus appear to follow reductions in access to opportunities for accumulating work experience.”

Cowritten with Michael J. Wither, “The Minimum Wage and the Great Recession: Evidence of Effects on the Employment and Income Trajectories of Low-Skilled Workers,” National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) website, Nov. 24, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California at San Diego, 2012-present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Stanford (SIEPR), 2015-2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 2011-2012
  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2011
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, Harvard University, 2005
  • Twitter handle: @Jeffrey_Clemens
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