When Mandates Work looks at the public policy experiments of San Francisco in the 1990s to improve wages and benefits for thousands of local workers. Although opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. The book book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.

The book’s editors, Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, Miranda Dietz, all come from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UC Berkeley. IRLE’s website is a great resource for anyone interested in labor and employment relations in California. They host an extensive online library of faculty research, as well as working papers on a wide range of labor topics.