Posts filed under “Wages & Income”

Taking a Closer Look at Fast Food Minimum Wages

Last month, we discussed in this space McDonalds and Wal-Mart as America’s biggest welfare queens. As it turns out, both retail giants are the beneficiaries of a surprising amount of Federal aid: Their employee’s receive an inordinate amount of Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance. This allows them to maintain very low wages, and keep profits relatively robust.

I wondered aloud at why profitable, publicly traded private sector firms were receiving so much taxpayer largesse. With these corporations having their full time employees’ paychecks effectively subsidized by taxpayers, I decided to do a little do more digging. What I found about minimum wages in the United States surprised me. I suspect it will surprise you, too.

We begin with a little minimum wage background: In the US, it is currently pegged at $7.25 per hour. The law mandating these wages began post-depression in 1938 at 25 cents per hour. (New Zealand beat us by 40 years). Individual states have the option to mandate a higher minimum wage, and about half of them do with Washington State requiring the highest pay at $9.19/hour. Amongst developed economies, Australia and Luxembourg have the highest minimum wages ($15.75 and $14.21 respectively) while the other end of the scale includes Korea ($3.90), Poland ($2.69) and Hungary ($2.24), according to OECD. The United States sits in the middle of the range.


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Category: Data Analysis, Wages & Income

Low and Moderate-Income Populations Survey

Category: Think Tank, Wages & Income

The Surprising Impact of High School Math on Job Market Outcomes

The Surprising Impact of High School Math on Job Market Outcomes Jon James Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 11.01.13     The economic returns to education are well documented. It is also well-known that college graduates with certain majors will earn more than others and find it easier to land a job. But surprisingly, the…Read More

Category: Think Tank, Wages & Income

Payday Lending: New Research and the Big Question

Category: Credit, Think Tank, Wages & Income

American Incomes Before and After the Revolution

Category: Think Tank, Wages & Income

Rise of the New Global Super-Rich

Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.

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Category: Video, Wages & Income

Real Minimum Wages Around the World

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Category: Digital Media, Wages & Income

Category: Think Tank, Wages & Income

How Much Has America’s Net Worth Recovered?

Click to enlarge Source: Merrill Lynch   I meant to get to this last week but travel (a/k/a Nasdaq Freeze) got in the way “After collapsing in 2008-10, net worth is booming again and has now surpassed the 2007 peak. A generous take on this is that the dollar value of wealth has now fully…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Wages & Income

Is McKinsey to Blame for Skyrocketing CEO Pay?

In 2011, I posed the question “Is McKinsey & Co. the Root of All Evil ?” This was not a tongue-in-cheek query, but rather, a look at how so many recent disasters traced their origins back to McKinsey & Co. Which brings us to the latest issue negatively affecting the United States, skyrocketing CEO pay…Read More

Category: Crony Capitalists, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls, Wages & Income