How The Minimum Wage Hurts Entire Neighborhoods

This piece first appeared on Forbes.com. There is a lot of debate around the minimum wage. Some see it as a fairly straightforward way to help low-income workers. Others emphasize the negative effect it has on employment. Fewer employment opportunities are bad in their own right, but the harmful effects of minimum wage increases are likely spilling…

New Minimum Wage Plan Still Flawed

Minimum wage plans that consider local economic conditions are better than those that don’t, but they still make it difficult for the lowest-skilled workers to find jobs. We also shouldn’t be so quick to adjust federal policies just because some places are expensive, since being expensive is a signal that an area has desirable qualities people value.

Higher State And Local Minimum Wages May Be Hurting Teen Employment

It’s understandable that voters and officials are concerned about low-income workers and their families, but minimum wage increases have costs as well as benefits. One of these costs appears to be lower teenage employment, and most of these cities already have below-average teenage employment rates.