UC Berkeley researchers find increasing minimum wage reduces ‘deaths of despair’

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The study found that changing minimum wage and earned income tax credit policies had no significant effects on drug- or alcohol-related deaths but had significant effects on nondrug suicides.

A study led by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health found increasing minimum wage and earned income tax credit, or EITC, can reduce deaths due to suicide, drug overdose and alcohol, known as “deaths of despair.”
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