Benjamin Schultz, Ph.D. Geography
In terms of its significance to symbolism and cultural imagery, perhaps nothing is more quintessentially “American” than the Intermountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming). The West is a living metaphor for values that so many Americans identify with, such as freedom, independence, individuals and self-reliance. The region is also home to some of our most iconic national parks, like Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Canyon.
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Jeffery Green, J.D., Ph.D. (ABD) Political Science
Living in a college town appears to be a nice option because of all the intangible benefits that come from being in proximity to an institution of higher learning, but must one enjoy these fruits while assuming a higher likelihood of being a victim of crime? Do college towns experience higher crime rates?
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Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics
It shouldn’t be surprising to see that the average payroll is highly dependent on location. Let’s take the finance industry as an example. As evidenced by the U.S. Census Bureau County Business Patterns data, the average annual payroll by state in 2012 ranged from $48,000 (which is more than twice the annual payroll of someone working full-time for minimum wage) in South Dakota to $140,000 and $146,000 in Connecticut and the District of Columbia respectively. The only state where an even larger number was registered is New York, with an average annual payroll of $190,000.
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R.T. Young, Ph.D. Business Economics
With minimum wage laws becoming more of a topic in 2013 – and in 2014 as well – here is a review of what the minimum wage has been across states through the years since 1938.
First, some background. The minimum wage was first introduced in the United States at the federal level in 1938 at $0.25 per hour. Since then, the minimum wage has increased 2,800 percent to $7.25 per hour. Interestingly, the 2,800 percent growth rate comes out to a 4.6 percent average annual growth rate, or about one percent faster than average wages have grown over the same period.
Continue reading What Has the Minimum Wage Done Across Time, and What Does it Have to do With Employment?