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

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?