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Over the past couple of weeks two studies of the effects of Seattle’s recent minimum wage hikes have been released: one from some researchers at the University of Washington, the other from researchers at Berkeley.  The results have widely been interpreted, including by the authors of one of the studies, as wildly inconsistent.  This post presents a non-technical guide to the problems associated with attempting to estimate the effects of the minimum wage, the statistical methods used in both papers, and how to interpret the results (spoiler: the results are actually not in conflict).

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