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Economy & Business

Study: Minimum-Wage Hikes Harm Small Businesses

You can see it here.

Basically, the authors obtained credit-score data for small businesses, and looked to see what changed when the federal minimum wage increased. Specifically, they compared states where the minimum wage actually rose with a control group — states that were not affected because they already required a higher minimum wage than the federal government did.

The result? Businesses dealing with minimum-wage hikes saw their credit scores decline, along with “lower bank credit, higher loan defaults, lower employment, [and] a lower entry and a higher exit rate.”


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