Seattle Survey of Higher Wages Tells A Bleak Story The Liberals Will Be Screaming Over

Seattle’s Minimum Wage Has Been a Disaster, as the City’s Own Study Confirms

Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)
Alex Tabarrok
June 27, 2017

The Seattle Minimum Wage Study, a study supported and funded in part by the Seattle city government, is out with a new NBER paper evaluating Seattle’s minimum wage increase to $13 an hour and it finds significant disemployment effects that on net reduce the incomes of minimum wage workers.

…These findings, examining another year of data and including the increase to $13/hr, are unequivocal:

the policy is an unmitigated disaster.

The main findings:

  1. The numbers of hours worked by low-wage workers fell by *3.5 million hours per quarter*.
  2. The losses were so dramatic that this increase “reduced income paid to low-wage employees of single-location Seattle businesses by roughly $120 million on an annual basis.”

…I don’t envy the backlash this team is going to face for daring to present results that will be seen as heresy. I know that so many people just desperately want to believe that the minimum wage is a free lunch. It’s not. These job losses will only get worse as the minimum wage climbs higher, and this team is working on linking to demographic data to examine who the losers from this policy are. I fully expect that these losses are borne most heavily by low-income and minority households.

Read the entire article HERE.


It doesn’t take a piece of paper or a think tank study to figure this one out…supply when faced with shortages finds creative ways to afford to produce the supply…in the end it is the workers and purchasers that suffer–frontloaded and/or backloaded–businesses who plan on remaining in business and make a profit have to function and if they can’t afford their workers then they either replace them or delete them. There is no high level intelligence needed to figure that out. But then it has become painfully obvious that Liberals have no common sense, integrity, or intelligence.


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11 Responses to Seattle Survey of Higher Wages Tells A Bleak Story The Liberals Will Be Screaming Over

  1. clyde says:

    The leftists stupidity is a thing to behold. EVERY. DAMN. TIME. this has been tried, it ends the SAME WAY.

  2. Shar says:

    Just like Obamacare, employers worked around it. Middle America suffered.

  3. vonmesser says:

    Many restaurants are now adding an additional “tax” called a “living wages fee” automatically to your bill. It is 2.5 to 3.5%. When I eat in Seattle – which is damn seldom now, I subtract that fee from the tip.

  4. Navyvet says:

    and the S4B’s that make up the Murderapolis City Council (we’re for sale) just passed the same stupidity despite the attention Seattle’s stupidity is getting. Even the hard core Communist propaganda rag, The Minneapolis Red Star was editorializing against it using Seattle as an example. But hey, common sense and Democrats will never meet.

    • Uriel says:

      You got it Navyvet. It’s amazing that liberals made it past puberty to adults bodies.

  5. SafeSpace says:

    Thanks, Uriel, for posting FACTS, that tell one of the truths the left wants to hide. If progressives want to see yuuge advances in automation, let ’em keep pushing these absurd minimum wages on marginally-profitable retail businesses. Won’t be long until only robots will get “entry level” jobs. Maybe that is the secret goal of the left: Put all young and/or poorly educated people out of work and into permanent dependent status. Now that’s how you elect more democrats!

  6. GunnyG says:

    The ONLY reason for minimum wage is to drive up the wages of Union goons who get a nice unearned raise each time the minimum wage is increased.

  7. Terry says:

    This could open up a lot of entry level jobs in robot manufacturing plants.