I recently put up some commentary about Mark Perry’s table purporting to show that euro nations without a minimum wage are faring much better – in terms of youth and overall unemployment rates – than those with minimum wages. (Perry subsequently did a fairly extensive update and rewrite to his original post, but let’s save that approach that’s another discussion.)
In response to his original post, this exchange popped up in comments:
So, you can’t look at Germany because, whoa, wait just a second, they just raised their minimum wage a year ago and, well, you know, these things take time to percolate through an economy. So of course one can’t include Germany. Really!!! Like what are you thinking – it “just went into effect.”
Except, of course, not so much for Seattle. Here’s the very same Mark J. Perry posting ahead of Seattle’s April 1, 2015 increase:
I’ll posit another reason that Perry chose not to include Germany in his original post, and it goes something like this, published December 1:
I’ll leave it to the reader to determine Professor Perry’s interest in actually finding and knowing the truth.