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An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic Minimum Wage.
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Economic Policy
Income Differentials
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The United States minimum wage is the lowest legal amount (hourly, monthly, annually) an employer can pay an employee. The current federal non-tipped minimum wage is $7.25, though this varies state by state (many of which are higher, depending on that state's standard of living). The concept of a minimum wage arose from an effort to reduce poverty and to offer protection to workers from wage exploitation. Ideally, the minimum wage is set as a living wage based on the region's standard of living. However, many argue that enforcing a minimum wage adversely affects the national economy. Each time an increase to the minimum wage is proposed, it is hotly contested in the media and in congress. This guide is a starting point for research on the minimum wage in the U.S. economy. 

Source: Public Law 110 - 28 (attached as an amendment)


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