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Seattle Minimum Wage Study

Professor Jennifer Otten and doctoral candidate James Buszkiewicz lead various sub-components of The Minimum Wage Study including examining the pass-through effects of a local minimum wage policy on supermarket food prices using field-based data collection, analyzing how state variation in minimum wage affects health outcomes using National Health Interview Survey and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and exploring how policy-related household income changes affect food-purchasing behaviors in a panel cohort of low-wage families. They have also explored the pass through effects of Seattle’s minimum wage policy early care and education providers. 

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  • Arnold Ventures, (formerly, Laura and John Arnold Foundation)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health
  • Human Development Research Grant #R24 HD042828
  • Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, University of Washington

PI/Lead of food prices and early care and education substudies

Jennifer Otten

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Jennifer Otten

James Buszkiewicz

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James Buszkiewicz

State Minimum Wage Rates and Health in Working-Age Adults using the National Health Interview Study
James H Buszkiewicz, Heather D Hill, Jennifer Otten
American Journal of Epidemiology, Published 10 February 2020  – Abstract

Low-income workers’ perceptions of wages, food acquisition, and well-being
Lindsay Beck, Emilee L Quinn, Heather D Hill, Jessica Wolf, James Buszkiewicz, Jennifer J Otten
Translational Behavioral Medicine
, Volume 9, Issue 5, October 2019, Pages 942–951 – Abstract

The Impact of a City-Level Minimum Wage Policy on Supermarket Food Prices by Food Quality Metrics: A Two-Year Follow Up Study
James Buszkiewicz , Cathy House , Anju Aggarwal, Mark Long, Adam Drewnowski, Jennifer J. Otten
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(1), 102; Full paper

Responding to an Increased Minimum Wage: A Mixed Methods Study of Child Care Businesses during the Implementation of Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance
Jennifer J. Otten, Katherine Getts, Anne Althauser, James Buszkiewicz, Ekaterina Jardim, Heather D. Hill, Jennifer Romich, Scott W. Allard
Social Work & Society International Journal – Abstract

Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance did not affect supermarket food prices by food processing category
Amanda L Spoden (a1), James H Buszkiewicz (a2), Adam Drewnowski (a1) (a2), Mark C Long (a3)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017004037
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 07 February 2018

The Impact of a City-Level Minimum-Wage Policy on Supermarket Food Prices in Seattle-King County
Jennifer J. Otten 1,*, James Buszkiewicz 2, Wesley Tang 2, Anju Aggarwal 2, Mark Long 3, Jacob Vigdor 3 and Adam Drewnowski 2
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 1039; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14091039