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### The minimum wage consensus

If a minimum wage of 15 dollars per hour won’t kill jobs then why not increase it to 100 dollars?

Yeah, I know, it’s a strawman argument. Everybody agrees that a 100 dollars minimum wage would massively destroy jobs (anywhere on earth) just like everybody agrees that a one dollar minimum wage wouldn’t have any effect whatsoever on employment (at least in the United States). As far as reasonable and economically literate people are concerned, the debate is about the 15 bucks threshold. Call me Dr Obvious if you want but I think there is a very important point here: both side of the argument agree that, above a given threshold, a mandatory minimum wage would destroy jobs.

Let me summarize. On one side, Team Free Market (and, to be clear, I’m part of that team) argues that by raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars the US government will outlaw the employment of people whose skill-sets is worth less than 15 dollars an hour — that is unexperienced and/or underqualified workers. On the other side, the advocates of the raise argue that this “cost of labor” effect will be negligible and that it will be offset by an increase in aggregate demand (because low-income households have a higher marginal propensity to consume).

But both sides agree that, somewhere between 1 and 100 dollars, there is a threshold beyond which the minimum wage will start destroying jobs — that is, above that point the “cost of labor” effect will outweigh the “aggregate demand” effect. I guess it’s fair to assume that most of the supporters of the raise think 15 dollars is a reasonable threshold given current US market conditions (I guess further that they would not support that proposal for lower productivity countries such as India). To me and to most of Team Free Market, it looks way too high. But at least, we all agree that there is a threshold. That’s a consensus. Let’s celebrate!

### Commentaires

1. The problem is similar with Basic Income... 500$/m may work, but at 10,000$/m, the incentive to work is 0 for most people.
Which shows Basic Income incentivizing work is pure fantasy.

### Brandolini’s law

Over the last few weeks, this picture has been circulating on the Internet. According to RationalWiki, that sentence must be attributed to Alberto Brandolini, an Italian independent software development consultant [1]. I’ve checked with Alberto and, unless someone else claims paternity of this absolutely brilliant statement, it seems that he actually is the original author. Here is what seems to be the very first appearance of what must, from now on, be known as the Brandolini’s law (or, as Alberto suggests, the Bullshit Asymmetry Principle):The bullshit asimmetry: the amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.— ziobrando (@ziobrando) 11 Janvier 2013To be sure, a number of people have made similar statements. Ironically, it seems that the “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” quote isn’t from Mark Twain but a slightly modified version of Charles Spurgeon’s “a lie will go round the w…

### Le prix des sardines quand les pêcheurs ont des téléphones

Soit deux petits villages de pêcheurs de sardines du sud de l’Inde. Chaque nuit, les pêcheurs de chaque bourg partent jeter leurs filets en mer et, le matin venu, ils vendent leurs prises sur la plage à la population de leurs villages respectifs. Parce qu’ils sont relativement distants l’un de l’autre et ne disposent pas de moyens de communication rapide, nos villages vivent en autarcie. C’est-à-dire que leurs habitants n’achètent de sardines qu’aux pêcheurs de leur propre village qui, symétriquement, n’en vendent à personne d’autre qu’à leurs concitoyens.Dans l’état actuel des choses, donc, la ration quotidienne de protéines des habitants de nos villages dépend exclusivement de leurs pêcheurs respectifs. Si la pêche est fructueuse, il est probable que les sardines seront bradées au marché du matin et il n’est pas impossible que les pêcheurs se retrouvent même avec des invendus — c’est-à-dire des poissons bons à jeter. Si, au contraire, la pêche de la nuit a été mauvaise, vous pouvez …