When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

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Acknowledgments

The idea for this book originated in a session of the Labor and Employment Research Association’s 2009 annual meetings. The session, “San Francisco and the New Social Compact,” was organized by David Weinberg and Michael Theriault. Their encouragement resulted in the conference paper and presentation that ultimately provided the outline for this volume. One of us, Michael Reich, had testified before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors several times a decade ago, reporting on his prospective impact studies on behalf of a number of alternative versions of the policies that we analyze here. During that same time, Ken Jacobs cochaired the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition. This policy engagement spurred both of us to subsequently conduct a series of stateof-the-art research studies evaluating those policies.

The authors of each of the chapters in this volume not only contributed quality research. When we met as a group in summer 2012, their questions and suggestions sharpened the volume as a whole. Indeed, this book would not have been possible without the numerous studies of

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