Antony Davies is a professor of economics at Duquesne University and a Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

The minimum wage sounds nice on the surface: workers earning $8 per hour would certainly be better off if they were earning $12 per hour instead. But economics professor Antony Davies explains that this view of the minimum wage overlooks an important detail: The minimum wage does not force employers to pay a particular wage to every worker; it forces employers to pay a particular wage to every worker they choose to keep. While the minimum wage may be well‐​intentioned public policy, it often hurts the very workers most in need of our help.

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