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Worker woes

Ted Balaker
February 19, 2007, 9:50am

Russell Roberts writing it the LA Times: Of course voters like to do what they can to limit "exploitation." They pull the lever (or punch the hole) for minimum wage hikes, thinking of how pleased the workers who will get a raise will be. But what about those other workers? After Arizona voters hiked the minimum wage some businesses are finding that they're better off with fewer workers, especially fewer teen workers: San Francisco restaurant owners must figure out how to deal with a triple-threat: a recent minimum wage hike, a new requirement that they provide sick leave, and (coming in July) health care as well: Article here. Related: NBER lit review on minimum wage

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