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A virtual public lecture sponsored by the
Montana State UniversityInitiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) 


Wednesday, March 23, 2022
4:00 - 5:00 pm MT

Although the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since 2009, many states and cities have implemented dramatic changes in local minimum wages, with many now above $15. Few policies generate as much debate and attention, but research findings are sometimes complicated and contradictory. In this free virtual presentation, one of the top researchers on minimum wage policy will summarize and discuss the latest research evidence. Tune in to learn how economic research is contributing to the minimum wage discussion and to hear insights on how minimum wage policy impacts an array of important societal outcomes.

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 Joseph J. Sabia is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies (CHEPS) at San Diego State University. Dr. Sabia is a labor and health economist whose research examines the economics of risky health behaviors, minimum wage policy, labor market discrimination against sexual minorities, and the effects of war on military families. His work has appeared in top economics journals and his scholarship has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, among others. His research has received funding support from variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute (ESSPRI) at UC-Irvine, the Employment Policies Institute, and the Charles Koch Foundation. Dr. Sabia is a Research Fellow at the Forschungsinstitutzur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and at ESSPRI. He received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University and is a faculty affiliate at the Cornell Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities. Prior to his position at San Diego State University, Dr. Sabia held faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, American University, the United States Military Academy-West Point and the University of New Hampshire, where he was the Forrest D. McKerley Chair of Health Economics.

  • Welcome and Overview: Isaac Swensen & Zach Fone, MSU IRAEA
  • Presentation: Economics Perspectives on the Minimum Wage  Joseph Sabia, San Diego State University
  • Questions & Discussion


For Additional Information, Please Contact Dr. Zachary Fone or Dr. Isaac Swensen