Minimum wage is the amount of wage that an employee is entitled, and most of them are eligible for the minimum wage whether they are working full or part-time or they are being paid per hour or flat rate or salary. Although the minimum wage may attempt to set a minimal living standard, the outcomes that are not unintended may undermine its effectiveness. There is evidence all over that shows that the increase in the minimum wage is accompanied by job destruction. There are also evidence on the effects of the distribution, although they are limited, that do not ascertain a favorable outcome although some groups may be seen to benefit. The minimum wage has for a long time been known to assist the poor and the families with low income.
Minimum wage refers to the lowest remuneration set up by law that employer is legally bound to pay or offer to workers. This sets the price bar in the country under which the labour would not agree to sell the services. The law was initially invented by the New Zealand and Australia. The purpose was to maintain a minimum living standard for the workers who are unskilled. The people having unsound economical knowledge believes that this law can protect the workers from being abused and therefore can help in reducing the poverty.
A minimum wage is considered as the lowest compensation that employers may legally pay to employees. Similarly, employees may not sell their labor below the price floor. A price floor is a legal minimum in which the government does not facilitate the price of a good or service to decrease below the floor. The minimum wage has gained impetus among policy makers as a method to lessen rising wage as well as inequality of income. However, higher minimum wage or increasing price floor on the price of labor leads to job loss and probable magnitude of those losses.
The main “common sense” argument is that by imposing minimum wages, one artificially raises the price of labour way from its “market-clearing” level and higher unemployment results-and the first to lose their jobs will be the least-skilled workers (city press;2014/11/25). The national minimum wage is a step towards an alternative growth path, in other words wages must be set to target productivity and efficiency. But it must be accompanied by other alternatives; such as industrial policy that sees that South Africa create jobs in sectors that can sustain moderately higher wages, and grow sectors that can benefit from, and contribute to, increased domestic demand (city press;2014/11/25). However national minimum wages promote equality, combat poverty and support economic development e.g. in Brazil during Lula’s tenure as president, the statutory minimum wage rose
He states by having so many of them taking up the low-skilled working jobs in America they are actually creating an increase in wage inequality. He states that by decreasing the numbers of low-skilled workers in America that it would actually reduce the wage inequality and strengthen the wages for people in those
When seen in perspective of only Natives “Immigration reduces the wages of natives in competition with immigrants by an estimate of $402 billion a year, while increasing profits or the incomes of users of immigrants by an estimate $437 billion” (Camarota). Since immigrants come to this country with no previous knowledge or education because their sole purpose to come is to find more opportunities in the United States resulting in them not having a decent economic income. In the United States, immigrants or nonimmigrants, who are uneducated pay less taxes and since their economic status is of low income they receive government aid. The government helps them to be able to have a stable living to survive by giving them food, clothing, schooling, etc. But comparing illegal and legal immigrants, those who are legalized receive more welfare for the fact that they are more eligible to more programs.
Without the crutch of illegal immigrants holding us back, our U.S. economy can prosper more than ever. Due to the current economic slowdown, labor demands had been reduced and has forced many out of work. Due to the large income of unskilled workers has allowed employers to give out low wages and actually allow there to be horrible working conditions. There seems to be a solution to this. By reducing low-skill immigration, we can strengthen the labor market and as well as increase wages along with them for the American people.
There should not be an increase in minimum wage because it is unhealthy to the economy in the long run and it will be the major cause of job loss, increase in inflation, competition, and the price level of goods and services. Many argue that an increase in minimum wage will help guide low skilled workers out of poverty and assist them into having a better career. That is not necessarily true, Many economists can agree that minimum wage jobs such as cashiers, host or a hostess are not jobs that meant to support a family. If anything by raising the minimum wage, it will put more people in poverty than guide them out of poverty. A raise in minimum wage will cause loss of jobs, an increase in the inflation rate, increase in
Desiree Ripoll Professor Heuer ENC 1102 5/30/2017 Increasing the Minimum Wage is Good for America Raising the minimum wage is not only beneficial to those who are struggling financially, America’s economy would benefit from this as well. Doug Hall and David Cooper express how increasing the minimum wage would be a tool for modest job creation in the article “Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help Lower-Income Workers”. In the article “Is a $15 minimum wage economically feasible?” Jeannette Wick-Lims discusses how raising the minimum wage is good for the economy if we adapt to the changes accordingly. Elise Gould argues about how there is a strong statistical link between economic growth and falling poverty rates in her article “Increasing the
That someone working forty hours a work could be so securely bound by poverty is unbelievable and unacceptable. Such scenarios, which afflict millions and millions of people, appear to violate the so-called “social contract” of the American Dream (Source 2), which posits that working hard guarantees a comfortable life with decent housing and basic necessities. Such a fancy is belied by the harsh reality of the minimum wage. Even progressive attempts to elevate the national minimum wage to $10.10 leave earners with a hourly salary with buying power “lower than what” $1.60 was worth in 1968 (Source 4). Here, the minimum wage is actually working against its goal; rather than providing a livable baseline wage to subsist upon, the minimum wage standard is being used as a lever for exploitation, with employers steadfastly refusing to pay much more than the merest amount legal.