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McNair Scholar 2016Saida Mahamud

Saida Mahamud is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in global studies with a double minor in public health and African American and African Studies. Her research interests revolve around the intersection of inequalities and colonial history of East Africa. Ms. Mahamud plans on getting her M.A. in African studies and her Ph.D. in history.

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Somalis say 'aqoon la’aan, waa iftiin la’aan, if there is no knowledge, there is no light.'  My dream is to see a generation that is guided by justice and a pursuit for authentic knowledge.

Research project

The Effect of Citizenship Status and Nativity on Minimum Wage Coverage among Black Workers in Minnesota

Abstract: This study examines the effect of citizenship status and nativity on minimum wage coverage among black workers in Minnesota. To do this, the project computes proportional differences amongst groups at different minimum wage thresholds ($12.5/$15). Data was analyzed from the American Community Survey for Minnesota for the period, 2009-2013 with an unweighted sample of 32,928. The hypothesis tested is whether the share of foreign-born blacks with wages below the proposed minimum wage threshold equals the share of native-born blacks with wages below the proposed minimum. STATA two-group unequal variance t-test for difference in means was used to test the hypothesis for the minimum wage thresholds and for two different partitions of the black sample: Citizens vs. non-Citizens; Native-born vs. foreign-born citizens. Findings do not support the hypothesis that the shares of persons falling below the minimum wage thresholds are the same for any of the two-group comparisons. Download poster. [PDF}

Faculty profile

Samuel L. Myers, Jr. is the Director and Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and also serves as a faculty member for the Applied Economics Ph.D. program. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Morgan State University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Myers focuses on the impact of social policies on the poor and is highly regarded for his use of applied econometric techniques to examine racial disparities, disproportionate crime rates, assessing the impact of welfare on low income families, and how effective the government is in reducing poverty. Dr. Myers has served on several editorial boards which include, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Social Science Quarterly, Southern Economic Journal, Review of Black Political Economy, and Evaluation Review. Myers has been a McNair faculty mentor for 45 undergraduates since 1994.