Joseph Marchand's Study on Minimum Wage Increases

Marchand concludes that Alberta's move to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018 could lead to the loss of roughly 25,000 jobs.

06 October 2017

Economics professor Joseph Marchand's study on the effects of the recent minimum wage increase was recently featured in a C.D. Howe commentary and articles in several newspapers.

Gordon Kent from the Edmonton Journal writes, "The NDP plan to boost the province's minimum wage to $15 an hour next year could lead to the loss of 25,000 jobs, according to new study by a University of Alberta economist.The hourly minimum wage is set to rise to $13.60 Sunday from $12.20 before reaching the final figure Oct. 1, 2018, but in a commentary published by the C.D. Howe Institute, Joseph Marchand said these moves could hurt low-wage staff by reducing employment."

To read more on Professor Marchand's findings, please link to the following articles:

CD Howe (Commentary): https://cdhowe.org/public-policy-research/thinking-about-minimum-wage-increases-alberta-theoretically-empirically-and-regionally

Edmonton Journal (free access): http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/minimum-wage-hike-could-lead-to-25000-job-losses-c-d-howe-report

Globe and Mail (behind paywall): https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/minimum-wage-hike-will-cost-110000-jobs-in-ontario-alberta-reports/article36403293/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Calgary Herald (free access): http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/minimum-wage-hike-called-drastic-but-no-impacts-on-employment-yet