Click the image to download the PDF one-pager on the Wages Study.

The Wages Study is a five-year study that will evaluate the effects of a minimum wage increase in Minneapolis on the health of low-wage workers.

Study Team

The study is led by Dr. Caitlin Caspi at the University of Minnesota (UMN). UMN partnered with Dr. Molly De Marco and FFORC to enroll participants in Raleigh, NC to serve as a comparison.


In 2018, 475 people who earn low wages ($11.50/hr or less) in Raleigh, NC enrolled in the Wages Study. Each year for the next four years they will complete a survey and verify their current wages, and we will measure their height and weight. Every other year they will collect and return two weeks worth of food receipts. The same will happen in Minneapolis.


Over 35 organizations serving families living in Raleigh, NC partnered with FFORC to conduct outreach to potential participants. These organizations include PRIME Collective LLC, Passage Home, Dress for Success, Alliance Medical Ministry, and more!

Study Principles for Community Engagement

We are committed to: 1) ensuring a positive experience for and fairly compensating participants and 2) sharing the results of this study to support organizations that provide services to and advocate for low-wage workers.

Next Steps

March 2019: We’ll convene partners in Raleigh to share a summary of the data collected in the first year. We’ll discuss how to interpret the results and tell the stories that need to be told.

April – Sept 2019: We will meet with all enrolled participants to conduct follow-up appointments.

Learn More

Want to learn more or join us for the partner meeting? Email

Click here to download the PDF one-pager about the Wages Study.

The Wages Study is funded by The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Family
Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.