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If policy makers and voters really understood the fundamentals of economics, they might find themselves on the other side of the now-popular debate to increase the minimum wage. Liberals use a raft of studies and a few arguments to back up their minimum-wage-raising position, touting them as proof that hiking the minimum wage helps both workers and the broader economy. This Huffington Post article cites a study projecting that the economy would grow by $22 billion and make 85, 000 new jobs, all......Read More
Being the type compassionate souls Americans are, we get tricked into believing things because we want them to be true. Wages, jobs, and poverty are passionately debated and exceptionally prone to optimistic misinformation and logical fallacies. Minimum wage and the notion of a "living wage" are examples of just that. They sound useful and nice, but in practice they do much more bad than good. They displace jobs and discourage hiring, trigger increases in cost levels, plus they don't assist the......Read More
As free-market economists I'm not much into minimum wage legislation, in fact I'm rather against them. However as I watch what's going on in China right now, with the protests and strikes from the labor at the overseas production firms which are in their own country, I see that something has to be done. In China you are not permitted to go on strike at a Chinese company, and even though there are problems, they are not publicized because the Chinese government doesn't want that in their......Read More
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