Minimum Wage vs. Staff Jobs

Details on progressive intent with the minimum wage from the Marginal Revolution:

Unlike today's progressives, the originals understood that minimum wages for women would put women out of work - that was the point and the more unemployment of women the better!

They go on to recommend Tim Leonard's paper “Protecting Family and Race: The Progressive Case for Regulating Women's Work” to learn the secret history of the minimum wage.

It's pretty clear that government regulation that forces employers to pay a minimum amount will limit the number of people employers will hire, but this idea that the original intention was to limit the penetration of women into the workforce is new to me.

(Those who do not know the history of the word “staff” will take longer to get the pun.)

Josh Poulson

Posted Tuesday, Oct 25 2005 05:09 PM

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