The goal of this project is to assess the effects of living wage (LW) policies on the health and wellbeing of low-income adults. The project team is leveraging natural experiments in LW policy adoption across metro areas in two population-based, longitudinal studies: the Community Tracking Study and the CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) Cohort Study. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of placing health as a front-and-center objective for social and economic policy.
- What are the effects of LW policies on material and psychological wellbeing, allostatic load biomarkers, health status, and health behaviors?
- To what extent have LW effects persisted over time since implementation?
- To what extent have LW effects varied by policy characteristics, including criteria for coverage of workers, health insurance offering, and implementation quality?
- Inform municipal policy reforms (e.g., city-wide minimum wage) that are gaining significant traction across cities as a means to improve equity in living and working conditions for their populations.
Health & well-being: material and psychological well-being; allostatic load biomarkers; self-rated health status; BMI; and smoking, drinking, and dietary behavior
Other: Medical care access
Difference-in-difference-in-differences design to generate quasi-experimental, intention-to-treat estimates of LW policy effects.