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Debating the Minimum Wage

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The UNC Program for Public Discourse will host its first-ever debate as part of its Debating Public Policy Series.

Two UNC faculty members will debate the advantages and disadvantages of President Biden’s recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.

  • Dr. Luca Flabbi (Department of Economics) will argue in favor. Luca Flabbi, PhD, a 2004 graduate of New York University, is a labor economist interested in gender differentials and discrimination, bargaining in the labor market and in the household, search models estimation. 
  • Dr. Paige Ouimet (Kenan-Flagler Business School) will argue against. Paige Ouimet, PhD, has several research projects looking at income inequality and the role of firms. She also has researched ESOP (employee share ownership plans) and employee stock options and their impact on labor productivity, wages and turnover. Her research agenda is concentrated at the juncture of finance and labor economics. She is interested in how decisions studied in finance impact employee stakeholders – specifically how those effects are reflected in firm performance and, hence, corporate finance decisions.

The debate will be moderated by Kevin Marinelli, executive director of the UNC Program for Public Discourse.







April 19
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm