Millions of workers in the United States earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 or less. Lower wage earners may be at an increased risk for chronic diseases, including obesity. Raising the minimum wage has the potential to affect obesity by reducing many of its risk factors.

In the WAGE$ study, we will test whether an increase in the local minimum wage changes obesity-related risks over 5 years. This natural experiment involves two cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Raleigh, North Carolina and is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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Principle Investigator

  • Caitlin Caspi, ScD
    University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


  • Julian Wolfson, PhD
    University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Biostatistics

Project Managers

  • Amy Shanafelt
    University of Minnesota, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Daniella Uslan
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Research Staff

  • Grace Borg
  • Thomas Durfee
  • Kristi Fordyce
  • Jule Muegge
  • Gabrielle Rivera

Contact Us

(612) 624-7673

Count Down to the First Minimum Wage Increase!