In the News: New research links increased minimum wage to reduced child maltreatmentChild Abuse & Neglect Poverty & Family Economics
Bruce Lesley, Cara Baldari and Rricha Mathur provided comments for an article for the Chronicle of Social Change published on August 29, 2017 about the benefits of higher minimum wage jobs connected to lower child maltreatment rates.
New research links increased minimum wage to reduced child maltreatment (Chronicle of Social Change)
Advocates claim that raising the minimum wage would lift many families out of poverty and reduce income equality, but a new study contends that a rise in wages would also reduce child maltreatment.
According to a study from Indiana University and University of Connecticut researchers released in the January issue of Children and Youth Services Review, neglect reports involving young children declined by 10.8 percent in response to a $1 increase in the minimum wage.
According to University of California Berkeley economics professor Michael Reich, the study provides more evidence that boosting wages can provide health benefits for low-income families.
“The results complement a number of other…[Read More]