Economics professor weighs in a minimum wage hike

One economics professor at Missouri Western State University weighed in on some of the outcomes that raising the minimum wage will have on the economy.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 2:22 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) One economics professor at Missouri Western State University weighed in on some of the outcomes that raising the minimum wage will have on the economy.

On Tuesday, Proposition B was passed by voters in Missouri. The move will gradually raise Missouri's minimum wage from the current $7.85 to $12 by 2023.

According to MWSU professor Dr. Patrick McMurry, the change in minimum wage will have minimal impacts on the overall economy. Dr. McMurry sites the fact that only one percent of the national labor force makes the minimum wage which leaves very little impact to the overall economy.

McMurry does say, however, that a few industries could see larger impacts and those are the fast food and hospitality industries. 

"Increasing the minimum wage there, be careful what you wish for," McMurry said. "Right now, labor costs in fast food are about 30 percent of the costs so if you start jacking those up, I promise you they are going to automate."

McMurry believes that an increase in automated ordering kiosks could be on the rise at fast food restaurants thanks to an increase in minimum wage. 

Missouri's minimum wage will see its first increase in 2019 to $8.60 and will increase gradually until 2023.

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