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  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • The letter writer who predicted employment rates would be harmed by President Obama's call for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour today to $9 by 2015 — an increase that by most measures would be termed "modest" — needs to be aware that there is little evidence to support that view.
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  • The letter writer who predicted employment rates would be harmed by President Obama's call for an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour today to $9 by 2015 — an increase that by most measures would be termed "modest" — needs to be aware that there is little evidence to support that view.
    In fact, a February 2013 survey article authored by John Schmitt at the Center for Economic and Policy Research ("Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect on Employment?"), looked at the academic work done on this widely studied economic question, published since about 2000, and concluded that the research indicates there is almost no change in employment in response to modest increases in the minimum wage.
    It seems every time an increase to the minimum wage is proposed this same old canard that it will result in job losses is trotted out. Schmitt's entire article can be found at www.cepr.net/documents/publications/min-wage-2013-02.pdf. — Mike Mooney, Ashland
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