Last updated on: 10/2/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Adam Michel, MA Biography

Title:
Senior Policy Analyst at the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at the Heritage Foundation
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?"
Reasoning:

“Such a move [raising the minimum wage to $15] would backfire in a major way if passed into law. It would hurt lower-skilled individuals the most, including teenagers, immigrants, and those without a high school degree. And women, who hold more low-wage jobs than men, would be hurt the most, accounting for more than 60% of the resulting lay-offs…

There is now ample evidence that pro-growth policies, like business tax cuts, fuel wage growth and new hiring. Research on the minimum wage tells the opposite story: one of job loss and wage stagnation.

The economic fact is that when the government forces businesses to pay an employee a mandated hourly wage, businesses are left with few options: Cut hours, lay off workers, or reduce benefits—or some combination of these.”

“No, Wages Are Not Rising Because of Minimum Wage Laws,” heritage.org, Aug. 13, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Policy Analyst, Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget, Heritage Foundation, Mar. 2017-present
  • Program Manager, Spending and Budget Initiative, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Apr. 2015-Mar. 2017
  • Master’s Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Aug. 2013-May 2015
Education:
  • MA, Economics, George Mason University, 2015
  • BA, Politics, Whitman College, 2012
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @adamnmichel
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?