What are the positions on a minimum wage?

A minimum wage, which sets the lowest legal wage a company can pay its workers, is designed to prevent exploitation. Its backers argue the pros, including guaranteeing low-income workers a liveable wage, outweigh the cons. But who really benefits from a legally mandated minimum wage?

The minimum wage is too low

A higher minimum wage would unlock economic benefits and be far more effective at limiting poverty.

A higher minimum wage would improve economic activity by adding consumers

Minimum wage has been an issue for years. People who get paid minimum wage don't get to contribute much to the economy. If people can't spend money on anything, the economy can't be poured into. Therefore, a higher minimum wage would boost GDP.

Stagnant minimum wages have fueled inequality

Many economies' minimum wages have been relatively stagnant since the middle of the twentieth century. This has led to rampant inequality.

Higher minimum wages would increase government revenue

The government would benefit from a higher minimum wage in the form of increased revenue.

The minimum wage is good for businesses

The minimum wage doesn't just benefit workers, it is also good for businesses.

The minimum wage increases worker productivity

Workers that receive a legally guaranteed minimum wage are more productive than those that don't.

Minimum wages reduce employee turnover

Employers save money on training due to higher employee retention.

The minimum wage reduces government spending

Governments can reduce spending on social safety nets when employes are forced to pay a national minimum wage.

Minimum wages reduce the costs of social programs

Governments can reduce spending on social programs as the private sector pays low-earners a higher wage.

The minimum wage provides an incentive to work

A legal minimum wage that pays workers more than they would earn on government unemployment programs incentivizes work.

The minimum wage is good for workers

A minimum wage benefits workers by lifting them out of poverty and fueling job creation.

A minimum wage reduces poverty

A minimum wage guarantees that all workers can earn a livable wage and support their families.

The minimum wage creates jobs

The minimum wage is designed to ensure all workers are paid fairly. The minimum wage puts more money in people's pockets to buy more products, driving up demand, and prompting employers to hire more employees to keep up with demand.

Minimum wages reduce gender and racial income gaps

Minimum wage policies help low-income workers. Females and minorities are overrepresented among low-income earners.

A minimum wage is ineffective at reducing poverty

Minimum wage laws do not benefit workers or businesses and are ineffective at combating poverty.

Minimum wages don’t keep pace with inflation

Minimum wages do not keep pace with inflation, leaving many low-income workers below the poverty line.

A minimum wage raises unemployment

Minimum wage policies contribute to increased rates of unemployment.

The minimum wage drives inflation up

Increased wages for the lowest workers drives prices up, which leads to higher inflation.

The minimum wage doesn't address underemployment.

Underemployment is a far larger driver of poverty. A minimum wage does nothing to address underemployment.
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