Proponents of a federal $15 minimum wage like progressive Senator Bernie Sanders argue that it would lift millions of workers out of poverty. But the former CEO of McDonald’s just warned that artificially spiking the cost of labor could hasten the drive toward automation and instead leave many workers replaced with machines.
The minimum wage debate is littered with examples of second‐order consequences that tend to get ignored.
Bloomberg News recently ran a profile of Arin Dube, a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The story is a powerful one. It explores how Dube went from a 16-year-old burger flipper earning $3.85 at a McDonald’s in Seattle to a leading authority on the minimum wage. With federal legislation proposed to … Continue reading Bloomberg Article Misleads by Omitting Key Detail about Economists Surveyed on $15 Minimum Wage