Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led to More Restaurant Hygiene Violations


Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led to More Restaurant Hygiene Violations
  1. Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led to More Restaurant Hygiene Violations
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    The decision to increase the minimum wage in Seattle may be leading to less hygienic restaurants in the city, according to a working paper from a group of economists. The post Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Led to More Restaurant Hygiene Violations appeared first on Washington Free…
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Then-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signs a bill that raises the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour on June 3, 2014 / Getty Images

BY: Alex Griswold Follow @HashtagGriswold September 13, 2017 11:06 am

The decision to increase the minimum wage in Seattle may be leading to less hygienic restaurants in the city, according to a working paper from a group of economists.

A trio of professors at Ball State, Villanova, and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) tracked the change in health code violations reported in Washington state's King County, where Seattle is located, since the city raised the minimum wage.

The researchers told NPR on Wednesday that because different parts of King County raised the minimum wage at different times, they were able to track the violations in Seattle as the minimum wage changed in each area. Seattle's minimum went from about $8 an hour in 2010 to about $13-$15 an hour this year.

"We find an increase in real minimum wage by $0.10 increased total hygiene violation scores by 11.45 percent," the professors wrote.

They also found that in Bellevue city, a control group in the study, a $1 increase in minimum wage increases overall violations by 6.4 percent.

The professors theorized that when the minimum wage is increased, restaurant owners are forced to find ways to cut costs. That leads …

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