I spoke this morning at a seminar organised by the Youth Coalition of the ACT, for Antipoverty Week. I argued that cutting effective marginal tax rates (or introducing a wage subsidy) is a better way of tackling poverty than raising the minimum wage. They asked me for a few references, so I thought I’d post them here too.
My academic scribblings:
- Does Raising the Minimum Wage Help the Poor?
- Political Economy of Tax Reform in Australia
- Why the Australian Capital Territory Should Offer Wage Subsidies to Low-Skilled Workers
Powerful stuff I’ve read about US poverty recently: