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  •  The increase from the current $8.25 to $9.50 (2+ / 0-)
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    singe, johnny wurster

    or about 15% is outside the area where there is currently meaningful data. However, in my view it is not enough to cause any significant disruption in employment. The data on the impact of minimum wage increases is mixed, although the consensus is that modest increases have no negative impact on employment.

    I think the real debate is what happens if you have a national rate that doubles from the current $7.25? We have no data on how that would impact employment.  

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13:23 PM PST

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    •  An estimate on employment loss is about (2+ / 0-)
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      johnny wurster, VClib

      2% lower employment per 10% change in min wag for employees making less than the new minimum.

      In this case for DC, a 15% increase would mean about 3% lower employment for those making less than $9.50/hr.

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      by nextstep on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 03:07:31 PM PST

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    •  fuck the data. let's just do it and adapt just (1+ / 0-)
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      Bmeis

      like the people who are making $7.50 an hour and trying to live in friggin Brooklyn or Oakland or where ever have to adapt. Who knows some folks might not be able to afford the latest i phone but i bet they get by.

    •  Guess we're doing a real-world study (0+ / 0-)

      Almost all of this money should go directly back in to the economy at the same end of the economic spectrum - the low end retail and service markets where people do their daily shopping.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:19:11 PM PST

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