Subir o salário mínimo de forma gradual é uma das propostas de Barack Obama para os próximos anos. Uma crítica à medida surge hoje no new York Times, por parte de quem menos se esperava: The business of the minimum wage, por Christina Romer, antiga presidente do Conselho Económico de Obama.
SO where does all of this leave us? The economics of the minimum wage are complicated, and it’s far from obvious what an increase would accomplish. If a higher minimum wage were the only anti-poverty initiative available, I would support it. It helps some low-income workers, and the costs in terms of employment and inefficiency are likely small.
But we could do so much better if we were willing to spend some money. A more generous earned-income tax credit would provide more support for the working poor and would be pro-business at the same time. And pre-kindergarten education, which the president proposes to make universal, has been shown in rigorous studies to strengthen families and reduce poverty and crime. Why settle for half-measures when such truly first-rate policies are well understood and ready to go?
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