Minimum Employment

October 1977
National Review;10/28/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 42, p1218
The article comments on U.S. legislators' approval of the raising of the minimum wage through 1981. The fact that the minimum wage has never before been raised very much, and never extended to all workers, indicates an unspoken recognition that wages cannot just be set arbitrarily without an adverse impact on jobs. Otherwise, the minimum could safely be raised to $10 an hour or more and extended to babysitters. Wages are ultimately paid by consumers, not by employers. An employer who pays employees more than they add to revenues will not survive in the competition for capital.


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