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Con

Raising the minimum wage would not reduce crime.

According to a 2013 study by Boston College economists, increasing the minimum wage leads to reduced employment which leads to an increase in thefts, drug sales, and violent crime. [182] Their results indicate that “crime will increase by 1.9 percentage points among 14-30 year-olds as the minimum wage increases.” [182] Researchers found that between 1977 and 2012 increases in the minimum wage resulted in “no significant change” in the rates of violent crime or property crime. [183]

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