Top Pro & Con Arguments


Raising the minimum wage would decrease high school enrollment rates and increase drop-out rates.

Mark J. Perry, PhD, of the American Enterprise Institute states that “the attraction to higher wages from minimum wage legislation reduces high school completion rates for some students with limited skills, who are then disadvantaged with lower wages and career opportunities over the long-run if they never finish high school.” [80] A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology found that in Maryland, “a 25-cent increase in the real minimum wage… was associated with a 0.55 percent increase in the dropout rate for Hispanic” students. [81] A 2005 study published by Cornell University found that “a longterm 10% increase in the earnings of low-skilled workers could decrease high school enrollment rates by as much as 5-7%.” [82] According to a 2003 study by economists David Neumark, PhD, and William Wascher, PhD, in states where teens can leave school before 18, a 10% increase in the minimum wage caused teenage school enrollment to drop by 2%. [83]

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