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For some, income drops as wage rises [Commentary]
For some, income drops as wage rises [Commentary]

It may be that some minimum wage earners would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because they would lose their jobs. But what about those who keep their jobs? A more surprising result is this: Some minimum wage earners who keep their jobs would be harmed by an increase in the minimum wage because the dollar value of the government benefits they would lose is higher than their increase in wages. This fact is illustrated by the Urban Institute's Net Income Calculator, which shows for various family configurations and income levels the "net income" — earnings after child care costs plus or minus the dollar value of taxes and subsidies — for the...

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