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Restoring the Middle Class through Wage Policy

Arguments for a Minimum Wage


Part of the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity book series (BISP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 1-22
  3. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 23-57
  4. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 59-89
  5. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 91-108
  6. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 109-160
  7. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 161-195
  8. Oren M. Levin-Waldman
    Pages 197-220
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-245

About this book


This book delivers a fresh and fascinating perspective on the issue of the minimum wage. While most discussions of the minimum wage place it at the center of a debate between those who oppose such a policy and argue it leads to greater unemployment, and those who favor it and argue it improves the economic well-being of low-income workers, Levin-Waldman makes the case for the minimum wage as a way to improve the well-being of middle-income workers, strengthen the US economy, reduce income inequality, and enhance democracy. Making a timely and original contribution to the defining issues of our time—the state of the middle class, the problem of inequality, and the crisis of democratic governance—Restoring the Middle Class through Wage Policy will be of interest to students and researchers considering the impact of such approaches across the fields of public policy, economics, and political science.


Job creation minimum wage Income distribution Labor market Welfare Inequality Public policy Economic justice middle class wage policy sustainable prosperity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Metropolitan College of New YorkNew York, NYUSA

About the authors

Oren M. Levin-Waldman is Professor of Public Policy at Metropolitan College of New York, USA. He is also Research Scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a part-time faculty member in the Milano School for International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School, USA. 

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