Quote Of The Day: The Impact Of A Minimum Wage

by John Hawkins | January 31, 2007 8:54 am

“It is probable that the minimum wage increase will not cost enough jobs to make its effects readily distinguishable from random economic variation. It is also probable that it will improve the lot of a few poor people, though not many, as fewer than 20% of those who earn the minimum wage live in poor households now. On the other hand, it also seems probable that much of any benefit that goes to poor families will come out of the pockets of other poor people—very probably even poorer people, such as convicts, who are currently barely hanging onto the fringes of the labour force.” — Economist[1]

  1. Economist: http://www.economist.com/debate/freeexchange/2007/01/it_looks_very_much_as.cfm

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