Top Pro & Con Arguments

Pro

Raising the minimum wage would reduce crime.

According to an Apr. 2016 study by the Executive Office of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, “higher wages for low-income individuals reduce crime by providing viable and sustainable employment… raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would result in a 3 to 5 percent crime decrease (250,000 to 540,000 crimes) and a societal benefit of $8 to $17 billion dollars.” [179] A 2013 study found that living wage ordinances “lead to modest reductions in expected robbery, burglary, larceny, and MVT [motor vehicle theft] rates.” [180] Researchers who studied crime rates and the minimum wage in New York City over a 25-year period found that “[i]ncreases in the real minimum wage are found to significantly reduce robberies and murders… a 10 percent increase in the real minimum wage results in a 6.3 to 6.9 percent decrease in murders” and a 3.4 to 3.7 percent decrease in robberies. [181]

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