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When Minimum Wage Rises, So Does Crime



(p. A13) By significantly reducing the available stock of job opportunities at the bottom end of the career ladder, a higher minimum wage increases the likelihood that unemployed teens will seek income elsewhere. A 2013 study by economists at Boston College analyzed increases in state and federal minimum-wage levels between 1997 and 2010. It found that low-skill workers affected by minimum-wage hikes were more likely to lose their jobs, become idle and commit crime. The authors warn that their results "point to the dangers both to the individual and to society from policies that restrict the already limited employment options of this group."


For the full commentary, see:

MARK J. PERRY and MICHAEL SALTSMAN. "The Fight for $15 Will Hit North Philly Hard; Not far from Democrats' soiree, teen unemployment is at 42%. What if the minimum wage doubles?" The Wall Street Journal (Weds., July 27, 2016): A13.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date July 26, 2016.)


The 2013 study by Boston College economists, mentioned above, was published in 2014. The published version is:

Beauchamp, Andrew, and Stacey Chan. "The Minimum Wage and Crime." B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 14, no. 3 (July 2014): 1213-35.






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