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Action economics? working with citizen groups in Revelstoke, BC to evaluate the impact of a living wage

Janmaat, Johannus and Harris, Lindsay and Carlaw, Kenneth and Evans, Mike (2019): Action economics? working with citizen groups in Revelstoke, BC to evaluate the impact of a living wage.

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Abstract

Participatory action research has enabled communities to develop knowledge informed solutions to local challenges, challenges often involving difficult trade offs in the face of resource constraints. The challenges are typically defined by the local context, limiting both availability of data and generalizability of insights. We undertook an action economics approach with a group of Revelstoke community members deepen the collective understanding of the business impacts that may result from adoption of a living wage policy. An EXCEL™ workbook with macros enabled community members to explore possible costs and benefits. This tool clearly demonstrated the heterogeneity of business impacts and the form and scale of living wage employer benefits necessary for businesses to be no worse off. There are many context sensitive policy challenges that can benefit from an economic perspective, and therefore significant scope to share effective approaches for doing so.

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