The Washington Post

Does the minimum wage kill people?

Guess who just got a pay raise? (Billy Calzada/AP)

Using cross-state variation in minimum wages, we observe a positive relationship between the minimum wage and the number of alcohol-related accidents involving teen drivers. A similar effect is not observed when examining accidents among adults.

Of course, this isn’t really an argument about the minimum wage. As the authors note, it’s just another way of showing that alcohol consumption among youths is very sensitive to changes in income and prices. They point out that, alternatively, hiking taxes on alcohol would have a “sizeable impact” in lowering the number of teen drunk-driving accidents.


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