Seattle’s higher minimum wage has lowered earnings for low-wage workers

The Wynne government in Ontario recently followed Alberta’s lead, announcing a plan to move to a $15 minimum wage. British Columbia is also debating a $15 minimum wage, and the idea will no doubt continue to be hotly debated in Canada and the United States.Given that the City of Seattle is one of the first jurisdictions in both countries to commit to a $15 minimum wage, its experience can help assess the likely outcomes of this policy.New evidence published this morning shows that minimum wage hikes in Seattle thus far have led to worse outcomes for low-wage workers—fewer employment opportunities,

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