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Oren M. Levin-Waldman


Oren M. Levin-Waldman is a professor of public policy and public administration at the Metropolitan College of New York. He previously held the Henry J. Raimondo Endowed Chair in urban research and public policy at New Jersey City University and was for many years a resident scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, where he also taught public policy.

He has written extensively on policy issues ranging from welfare reform and workforce development to labor-market issues including unemployment insurance, the minimum wage and other issues relating to income security.

His latest book is Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory, and he has completed an online textbook, The American Constitution. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy, the Regional Labor Review and Perspectives in Work, a publication of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Some of his work can be found at

Requiring local employers to pay their workers more than the federal minimum might cost jobs, but the benefits of higher wages outweigh the costs.
Higher pay at the bottom of the scale ripples upward, improving purchasing power for everybody.