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Political support for minimum wage legislation: 1989


A model explaining senators’ votes on minimum wage increases in 1966 and 1974 was applied to the 1977 and 1989 votes with similar results. The extent of unionization in each state was positively associated with votes in favor of minimum wage increases. State wage levels were not significantly associated with senators’ votes. These results held for Republican senators as well as for all senators. However, neither wage levels nor unionization rates was a significant factor explaning Democrats’ votes on minimum wage increases.

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Bloch, F.E. Political support for minimum wage legislation: 1989. Journal of Labor Research 14, 187–190 (1993).

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  • Minimum Wage
  • Unionization Rate
  • Wage Level
  • Minimum Wage Increase
  • Employment Standard