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by Don Boudreaux on October 22, 2016

in Budget Issues, Debt and Deficits, Inequality, Myths and Fallacies, Prices, Seen and Unseen, Trade, Work

PBS invited GMU Econ alum Mark Perry to respond to Nick Hanauer’s argument for raising the minimum wage.  Here’s a slice from Mark’s superb response:

Remember that the real minimum wage is always zero, because that’s the wage that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of workers will receive following an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, because they will either lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. (See Congressional Budget Office report for data.) That’s a very cruel public policy, and I and many economists reject that form of cruelty as a progressive “scam” — and it’s a “scam” that would inflict the most harm on the most vulnerable among us.

The most disadvantaged Americans don’t need the alleged compassion of minimum wage advocates as much as they need entry-level jobs. And to maximize entry-level jobs, economic science tells us that we should allow market forces, not government bureaucrats and politicians, to determine wages in the labor market.

There are many weak arguments against Uncle Sam’s participation in trade agreements.  Among these is the argument that such agreements ‘threaten U.S. sovereignty.’  My colleague Tyler Cowen explains why this argument is mistaken.

David Henderson is rightly unimpressed with Paul Krugman’s case for not letting worries about government indebtedness affect our current plans.

Richard Epstein writes an open letter to Donald Trump.

Steve Landsburg reflects on the third and final “debate” between the two leading, creepy candidates for the U.S. presidency.  Here’s Steve’s conclusion:

Yes, Clinton was also awful, but as I said, she’s a little more forthright about her awfulness — she wants free college, but at least she doesn’t try to say that free college is part of her plan to shrink the government.

Greg Mankiw explains that market prices are not arbitrary and that they play important roles, even when consumers or sellers are unhappy with them.

Matt Ridley calls on Great Britain to again be the great champion of free trade that it was in the mid-19th century.

Michael Tanner busts five myths about inequality in America.


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