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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy exposes the detachment from reality of those who believe that government-mandated minimum wages will only help and not harm low-skilled workers [2]. A slice:

It’s important to understand that these distortions are the byproduct of government intervening to raise wages. The fact that mandated minimum wages are bad for some workers who will lose their jobs as a result doesn’t mean that all wage increases are bad. In fact, when wages go up naturally as a result of economic growth, improved productivity and more competition between firms for workers, wage hikes don’t come at the expense of other workers. That’s why we can expect a sustained rise in wages resulting from a decrease in the corporate income tax rate — a tax cut that increases capital investment and productivity, and then wages.

For evidence that cuts in corporate taxes raise productivity, here’s a new paper by Robert Barro and Brian Wheaton [3].

Also reminding us that intentions ≠ results is my GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan [4].

Mark Perry shares an important truth explained by Jason Riley [5].

T. Norman Van Cott makes the case that working immigrants have been – and will continue to be – an economic boon for America [6]. A slice:

If Americans are unwilling to match immigrants’ lower wages, it means they have alternatives that are better than the immigrants’ wage. That means if Americans pick raspberries, more is given up compared to immigrants picking the berries. Giving up more of other things to achieve an objective means having less of other things. In addition, the presence of the immigrants will put downward pressure on the price of raspberries. Uses of raspberries deemed uneconomic because of the price (for example, an extra scoop of raspberries on vanilla ice cream) become economic when they’re less expensive.

If crime trends in the U.S. are relevant to the case for a border wall, then evidence is mounting that no such wall is needed [7]. And see also this piece by my colleague Dan Griswold [8].

From today’s Wall Street Journal [9]:

Beijing has sped up financial liberalization in recent months, seeking to attract foreign capital and revive an anemic stock market.

Arnold Kling doubts that “the” inflation rate is a meaningful number [10].

Stephanie Slade warns against falling for the woe-is-us narrative, now told with increasing frequency by some conservatives (such as Tucker Carlson) [11].

Ben Stein is right and AOC is wrong [12].

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