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Module 4.2 Minimum Wage Analysis
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
Grade weight = 10 points
Please complete all four essay questions and submit it in Canvas by the due date.
Make sure you use adequate examples to explain your answers. Each answer should be approximately
4-6 sentences in length.
1. According to the Washington Post article, the effects of 137 wage hikes, in one chart, what are the
economic findings that suggest raising the minimum wage is positive for communities? Use
examples that show how this conclusion is obtained. (3 points)
The economic results state that increasing minimum wage eliminates job positions paying below the
new standard and increases those compensating at or slightly above the new requirement. On this
matter, the results show that increasing the minimum wage significantly affects jobs within a $4
range and not those significantly above the pay scale. However, for this to happen, the changes
must be within a 10% increase since excessive wage increments influence companies to cutting off
working hours and replace employees with machines. For instance, increasing the minimum wage in
the fast-food industry from $9.50 to $11 will have a minimum effect on business's profitability
compared to raising the amount to $13 (Ingraham, 2018). In this regard, a rise to $11 will force
restaurant owners to pay more and still maintain the number of workers, whereas the pay raise to
$13 will influence companies to lay off workers or reduce the working hours to reduce wage
expenses and increase profitability.
2. From the Washington Post article, what did you learn about the limitations of current minimum
wage research? Include a discussion of ‘real time’ data and peer reviewed data in your answer. (2
points)
After reading the Washington Post article, a limitation facing studies regarding minimum wage
increments is that the research conveys real-time data instead of peer-reviewed information.

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According to the article, a factor that leads to the limitation is the association between economics
and policymaking that influences the public to seek immediate responses regarding policy
changes. In definition, real-time data is current information, whereas peer-reviewed data is
information that has been assessed to define its credibility, reliability, and validity (Ingraham,
2018). From this perspective, since none of the studies regarding minimum wage are peer-
reviewed, the limitation is that it is difficult to attest to the credibility of information, a factor that
makes the findings unreliable since the data used is real-time.
3. According to the article, America’s Fast Food Chains are Contemplating Replacing Minimum Wage
Workers with Robots, what is the current crisis facing this service industry and why? Please
provide examples. (3 points)
In reference to the article, a crisis in the service industry is the increase in minimum wages since the
situation forces companies in the service industry to reorganize the workforce. The reason for this is
since an increase in minimum wages raises labor expenses, thus influencing organizations in the
industry to consider reducing the workforce or adopting automation. For example, the article states
that Wendy's aims to adopt self-ordering kiosks due to increases in the minimum wage. Moreover,
the crisis has influenced Red Robin to eliminate busboys to save $8 million (Pulse, 2018). However,
the key concern regarding workforce reduction entails seeking effective employees to avoid
understaffing and other drawbacks.
4. Having read the assignment articles, what conclusions can you draw about minimum wage as
social issue? What do you think the function of minimum wage jobs is in our economy? How
does the raising of minimum wage effect some cities more than others? Support your answer.
(2 points)
A social issue is a problem that affects many people in the community. According to the fast-food
article a rise in the minimum wage threatens 800 million jobs since the situation influences

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NOVA ONLINE Module 4.2 Minimum Wage Analysis SOC 200 – Principles of Sociology Grade weight = 10 points Please complete all four essay questions and submit it in Canvas by the due date. Make sure you use adequate examples to explain your answers. Each answer should be approximately 4-6 sentences in length. 1. According to the Washington Post article, the effects of 137 wage hikes, in one chart, what are the economic findings that suggest raising the minimum wage is positive for communities? Use examples that show how this conclusion is obtained. (3 points) The economic results state that increasing minimum wage eliminates job positions paying below the new standard and increases those compensating at or slightly above the new requirement. On this matter, the results show that increasing the minimum wage significantly affects jobs within a $4 range and not those significantly above the pay scale. However, for this to happen, the changes must be within a 10% increase since excessive wage increments influence companies to cutting off working hours and replace employees with machines. For instance, increasing the minimum wage in the fast-food industry from $9.50 to $11 will have a ...
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