Report: High Minimum Wage Will Cost Jobs AND Drive Crime Up $2.4 Billion!

Liberals love to blather about how a soaring Minimum Wage is so good for workers. But what they ignore is that people lose jobs and young people can’t even get jobs when the wage goes up. But now an even worse effect has been found: crime soars with higher minimum wages.

Liberals say that a high Minimum Wage (MW) could help drive crime down as young people get jobs instead of commit crimes because the money is so good with the jobs. But a new study finds that this is not the case.

A new study produced by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds just the opposite of the wild claims by liberals… what a surprise, huh?

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The authors of the study, Zachary Fone of the University of New Hampshire, Joseph Sabia of San Diego State University, and Resul Cesur of the University of Connecticut, disagree.

“While we respect the team of economists working at the CEA at that time, the report’s conclusion unfortunately rested on the assumption that minimum wage increases would only generate wage gains without any substantial offsetting employment or human capital effects,” San Diego State University professor Joseph Sabia explains. “Our study shows that these effects cannot be ignored. The adverse employment effects generated by a $15 minimum wage are likely to increase property crime among some young adults.”

Sabia goes on to say that some young people will lost their jobs and will likely turn to crime and “that some affected younger workers turn to property crime, either due to excessive idleness or to replace their lost income. Higher minimum wages may, therefore, make some neighborhoods less safe.”

Raising the minimum wage, the authors found, could lead to roughly 410,000 additional property crimes committed by mostly 16 to 24-year olds, and cost taxpayers $2.4 billion in associated crime costs.

“Raising the minimum wage doesn’t just increase joblessness – it increases property crime as well,” Samantha Summers, EPI’s communication director, said. “Pushing a wage hike of this magnitude is guaranteed to bring negative consequences that hurt those who the policy is intended to help.”

The authors looked at FBI crime data going back 20 years and discovered that every time the Minimum Wage was substantially increased, crime went up because young people lost their jobs or at least lost hours.

So, those pushing for a higher Minimum Wage are essentially pushing for higher crime rates, especially in inner city neighborhoods.

Good job, liberals.

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