Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance


Los Angeles , California


UCLA School of Public Health Health, Partnership for Prevention

The HIA addressed the health implications of the City of Los Angeles' Living Wage Ordinance, which gave an employer the ability to choose whether to provide health insurance or additional income. Increased income and increased likelihood of health insurance are the major factors driving the ordinance's impacts on health, and for this analysis mortality was the primary measure of health impact. The report's overarching conclusion was that increasing income is likely to reduce overall mortality rates. Other health impacts—such as disease, injury rates and hospitalizations—are also considered. The report noted that: 1) despite increased income, families of workers covered by the ordinance would still have difficulty making ends meet; 2) health insurance for currently uninsured workers could substantially reduce long-term mortality; 3) the aggregate cost-effectiveness of health insurance is far better than that of additional wages; and 4) providing health insurance to an uninsured worker can reduce mortality risk more cost-effectively than increased wages.

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At A Glance
  • Status Complete
  • Completion Date 2003
  • Decision-Level Local
  • Sector Labor and Employment
  • Organization Type Educational Institution