What does it mean to be a low-wage worker in America today? Despite economic growth, wages have been stagnant, with the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour unchanged since 2009.
So how do low-wage workers make ends meet? And what can be done to enhance their well-being and quality of life?
Understanding the struggles and strengths of low-wage workers is the first step in answering these questions.
The Pittsburgh Wage Study is a multi-year, mixed methods research program investigating the lives of low-wage workers and the impacts of incremental wage increases on their and their families’ well-being. Led by Pitt School of Social Work faculty, the study generates information that can ultimately help advocates, policy makers, and employers ensure that Pittsburgh is a livable city for all of its citizens.
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