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S.F. Praised as Model for U.S. on Increasing Minimum Wage

San Francisco’s 15-year experiment in liberal labor policies has raised the compensation of low-wage workers 80 percent higher than the federal minimum wage without destroying jobs, according to a group of UC Berkeley economists.

San Francisco can provide a model for cities around the country that are considering boosting the minimum wage, said Ken Jacobs, chairman of UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. He said the evidence also backs President Obama’s call in his State of the Union address Tuesday for policies to reduce income inequality.

Higher wages and benefits reduced turnover and improved work performance rather than costing jobs, said Jacobs, one of the editors of a collection of studies on San Francisco’s policies.

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