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New Study: Wal-Mart Could Raise Wages with Minimal Impact on Shoppers

New U.C. Berkeley Study [ABC 7 (Calif.)]
Wal-Mart is getting new attention for its business practices. This time, it's a study from UC Berkeley's Labor Research Center. It suggests that Wal-Mart could pay its people more, and still provide customers with low prices. Wal-Mart is the country's largest retailer with arguably some of the lowest prices.

Study: Big Box Living Wage Ordinances Benefit Workers Without Hurting Shoppers [Alternet]
The labor center study, "Living Wage Policies and Wal- Mart: How a Higher Wage Standard Would Impact Wal-Mart Workers and Shoppers," concludes that if Wal-Mart hiked its minimum wage to $10 per hour and in the extreme case, passed on costs fully to consumers, the average impact on a Wal-Mart shopper would be higher product prices of 0.9 percent.

"Big Box Living Wage Ordinance" would benefit low-wage Wal-Mart workers, minimally impact shoppers, says new study [U.C. Berkeley Press Release]
Wal-Mart could increase its minimum wage to $10 per hour and greatly boost the well-being of its low-income workers with little financial impact on most shoppers, says a study released today by the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education.

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