On June 30th Minneapolis became the 40th jursidiction to enact a minimum wage ordinance to increase the minimum wage over the next 5 years. This ordinance is projected to affect 71,000 workers currently making minimum wage at Minneapolis businesses. 

In the WAGE$ study, we will evaluate how this increase in the local minimum wage affects the health and wellness of Minneapolis minimum-wage workers over 5 years. Evaluating this "upstream" policy is critical in moving forward the conversation about wages and health, especially as it relates to health equity. This natural experiment involves two cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Raleigh, North Carolina (comparison site) and is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Learn more and find out how to participate

Aprender más y como puede participar

Apply online (Aplica online): z.umn.edu/wagesqualify

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!