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Unsettled Findings

In: Restoring the Middle Class through Wage Policy


  • Oren M. Levin-Waldman

    (Metropolitan College of New York)


Despite the standard model that predicts that minimum wage increases will result in lower employment, the data on this is very incomplete. While there are many studies to support the standard model, at least when it comes to the teen labor market, there are also many studies that show these predictions to be less accurate when it comes to adults. Far from settled, the wealth of studies suggests that the data on the minimum wage is ambiguous at best. This has no doubt made it easier for the issue to be laden with politics. Because the incomplete data is coupled with microeconomic arguments against and macroeconomic arguments for, both opponents and proponents alike can cloak their interests in sound economic theory and present themselves as speaking in the name of the public interest. And yet, from a policy standpoint, the implication could not be more clear, which is that in the face of ambiguity there should be room for policy experimentation based on the needs of the community.

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  • Oren M. Levin-Waldman, 2018. "Unsettled Findings," Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, in: Restoring the Middle Class through Wage Policy, chapter 0, pages 23-57, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:bifchp:978-3-319-74448-3_2
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74448-3_2

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