A Washington D.C. research hub that’s funded some widely cited studies casting doubt on the effectiveness of minimum-wage hikes is operated by a public relations firm that represents high-powered corporations and industries that oppose such increases, the New York Times revealed Monday.
The Times’ story dovetails with our Monday fact check that found a 10-year-old conclusion about minimum-wage workers doesn’t translate to today’s economic climate. The basis for the claim we checked – that two thirds of minimum-wage workers receive raises in their first year on the job – came from one of many such studies bankrolled by the Employment Policies Institute. The statistic was mentioned in recent op-eds by San Diego tech entrepreneur Michael Robertson and Washington Post columnist George F. Will.
We gave Robertson’s claim an Unfounded rating, in part because the only research on the issue was funded by EPI, a group that has opposed minimum-wage increases.
The researchers behind that study maintain their analysis wasn’t colored by EPI’s slant on the issue. But without any other studies to compare it to, that’s virtually impossible to verify.