Thursday, January 04, 2007

Right Minimum Wage: $0.00 Per Hour

The problem is that demand for almost everything is elastic: When the price of something goes up, demand for it goes down. Obviously were the minimum wage to jump to, say, $15 an hour, that would cause significant unemployment among persons just reaching for the bottom rung of the ladder of upward mobility.

The minimum wage should be $0.00 per hour. Labor is a commodity; governments make messes when they decree commodities' prices. Washington, which has its hands full delivering the mail and defending the shores, should let the market do well what Washington does poorly.

the latest commentary by columist George Will, who understands that demand curves slope downward. If only he could teach this to politicians in Washington.


At 1/04/2007 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many things that are designated "self serve" were once paying jobs. Gas stations used to hire people to put gas in your car, wash windshields, take your money, return change, etc. That's your job now.

The new minimum wage IS zero and the new minimum wage job is self serve.


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