The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

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The #Unexpectedly Chronicles Cause and Effect Seattle Edition

You might have missed these two sto­ries in all the Trump Tweet stuff but you might want to remind your­self what we’re fight­ing against before you jump off the wagon.

Cause:

Seattle’s minimum-​wage law is boost­ing wages for a range of low-​paid work­ers, but the law is caus­ing those work­ers as a group to lose hours, and it’s also cost­ing jobs, accord­ing to the lat­est study on the mea­sure passed by the City Coun­cil in 2014.

The report, by mem­bers of the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton team study­ing the law’s impacts for the city of Seat­tle, is being pub­lished Mon­day as a work­ing paper by a non­profit think tank, the National Bureau of Eco­nomic Research.

That law raises Seattle’s min­i­mum wage grad­u­ally until it reaches $15 for all by 2021.

Well in the face of that bad news Seat­tle decided that there could be only one effect

When a Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton study came out this week show­ing Seattle’s min­i­mum wage has cost 5,000 jobs and is hurt­ing low income work­ers, city lead­ers attacked the mes­sen­ger –- a team of respected econ­o­mists at Washington’s pre­mière pub­lic university.

The researchers, led by Jacob Vig­dor, were hired by the city in 2014 to study the effects of Seattle’s $15 wage exper­i­ment. The con­tract called for five years of research. City offi­cials stopped fund­ing the UW team when they didn’t like the results.

“The moment we saw it was based on flawed method­ol­ogy and was going to be unre­li­able, the Vig­dor study no longer speaks for City Hall,” said Seat­tle City Coun­cil­woman Kshama Sawant.

So they’ve decided to fund a new study, meet the boss pro­fes­sor Michael Reich:

Reich is cur­rently co-​chair of the Insti­tute for Research on Labor and Employ­ment. Before earn­ing his PhD in eco­nom­ics from Har­vard, Reich was a found­ing mem­ber of the Union for Rad­i­cal Polit­i­cal Eco­nom­ics (URPE), a group seek­ing a “human-​centered rad­i­cal alter­na­tive to cap­i­tal­ism,” accord­ing to its website.

Reich has authored sev­eral stud­ies on the effects of rais­ing the min­i­mum wage. They all con­cluded that increas­ing the min­i­mum wage only helps low-​skilled workers.

And I’m sure that Pro­fes­sor Reich will duti­fully pro­duces num­bers that the left­ists in Seat­tle will find accept­able but will not actu­ally change the real­ity on the ground…

…unex­pect­edly.

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You might have missed these two stories in all the Trump Tweet stuff but you might want to remind yourself what we’re fighting against before you jump off the wagon.

Cause:

Seattle’s minimum-wage law is boosting wages for a range of low-paid workers, but the law is causing those workers as a group to lose hours, and it’s also costing jobs, according to the latest study on the measure passed by the City Council in 2014.

The report, by members of the University of Washington team studying the law’s impacts for the city of Seattle, is being published Monday as a working paper by a nonprofit think tank, the National Bureau of Economic Research.

That law raises Seattle’s minimum wage gradually until it reaches $15 for all by 2021.

Well in the face of that bad news Seattle decided that there could be only one effect

When a University of Washington study came out this week showing Seattle’s minimum wage has cost 5,000 jobs and is hurting low income workers, city leaders attacked the messenger –- a team of respected economists at Washington’s premiere public university.

The researchers, led by Jacob Vigdor, were hired by the city in 2014 to study the effects of Seattle’s $15 wage experiment. The contract called for five years of research. City officials stopped funding the UW team when they didn’t like the results.

“The moment we saw it was based on flawed methodology and was going to be unreliable, the Vigdor study no longer speaks for City Hall,” said Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant. 

So they’ve decided to fund a new study, meet the boss professor Michael Reich:

Reich is currently co-chair of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Before earning his PhD in economics from Harvard, Reich was a founding member of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE), a group seeking a “human-centered radical alternative to capitalism,” according to its website.

Reich has authored several studies on the effects of raising the minimum wage. They all concluded that increasing the minimum wage only helps low-skilled workers.

And I’m sure that Professor Reich will dutifully produces numbers that the leftists in Seattle will find acceptable but will not actually change the reality on the ground…

…unexpectedly.

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