by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Last year I asked I asked, “Why don’t reports on minimum-wage hikes cite mainstream economic thinking on it?” In response to one of the many articles in which reporters write about the issue, I wrote:
Today Laura Leslie writes for WRAL that “Lawmakers, worker advocates push for doubling NC minimum wage to $15 an hour.” (Nota bene: That would be more than doubling it.)
Guess what her article doesn’t contain?
She cites Democrats, worker advocates, two fast-food workers, a policy advocate on the left, a businessman, and Gov. Roy Cooper. That’s it. Like other reports on the subject, this was barely more than “an advocacy piece masquerading as journalism.”
Meanwhile, yesterday I wrote about how recent economic research on the minimum wage had not contained any surprises. Minimum-wage hikes result in fewer hours worked for the fewer (higher-wage) minimum-wage workers, and higher crime results from more low-skilled workers being left idle and frustrated at lower job prospects.