The minimum wage is the lowest legal wage paid to workers in certain categories. In the U.S., minimum hourly wages are set by the federal government and by the states. In other countries, minimum wages (by the day or month as well as the hour) can be the result of labor negotiations as well as legislation.
1988 analysis by Matthew B. Kibbe, later head of FreedomWorks, of the economic, social, and political reasons not to raise the minimum wage.
Report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Provides publications, statistics, media coverage, photos, videos, online resources along with ILO documents, databases and links. From the International Labour Organization, Bureau of Library and Information Services
Study arguing against the minimum wage, by Michael LaFaive.
Essay concerning the origin of the minimum wage and its negative impact on women, minorities, and unskilled workers.
Monograph by Thomas Sowell examines legislation that would automatically escalate the minimum wage based on earnings elsewhere in the economy.
Report showing strong growth in the restaurant and farm industries that pay the state's high minimum wage, from the Oregon Center for Public Policy.
Four charts showing changes in the minimum wage, its value, and its relationship to the poverty level over the last several decades.
An article arguing that the minimum wage is partly responsible for unemployment among not only African-American youth but also violent young French Muslims as well.
2003 debate discussing the employment effects of the minimum wage, including annotated links to other arguments pro and con.
Collected news, analysis and comment on the minimum wage issue.
Crowd-sourced encyclopedia article about the history and effects of minimum wage laws worldwide.
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