Video: Gordon Berlin at American Enterprise Institute Forum on the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Minimum Wage


The U.S. poverty rate has risen to 15 percent, and more than 46.5 million Americans are living below the poverty line. In a slow-growth economy, low-income Americans are still struggling 56 months after the Great Recession technically ended.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said he would raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Others have offered an alternative policy change: enhancing the earned income tax credit.

Which solution would do a better job of helping the poor? What impacts would each have on businesses and the economy generally? And what are their implications for the federal budget?

On Monday, February 24, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a forum: “Minimum Wage or Earned Income Tax Credit: Which Helps the Poor More?” Panelists included:

  • Robert Doar, AEI, moderator
  • Gordon Berlin, MDRC
  • Harry Holzer, Georgetown University
  • Joseph J. Sabia, San Diego State University
  • Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute

Free video of the event is now available.