This graph of Kansas employment during the Brownback years is suggestive.
- Is the partial derivative of fast food employment with respect to the minimum wage negative? Maybe, maybe not.
- Does a higher minimum wage decrease young adult employment? Maybe, maybe not.
- Does a higher minimum wage raise fast food restaurant prices? Not noticeably.
At a minimum, trade policy uncertainty has risen. Whether that has resulted in the stagnation in exports is an open question.
f = -18.52 + 0.028pop + 5.182trump
Adj.R2 = 0.18, N = 144, DW = 2.07, bold denotes significance at 10% msl using HAC robust standard errors.
Where f denotes mass shooting fatalities, pop is population in millions, trump is a dummy variable for Trump administration.
One can interpret this as follows: a Trump administration quarter is associated with 5.2 greater fatalities from mass shootings, or 20.8 on an annualized basis. (Over 1982q4-16q4, the average frequency per quarter is 4.876). Inclusion of a deterministic time trend yields a negative coefficient on population, and a trump coefficient (4.093) significant at 11% msl.
Cumulative growth in Wisconsin since 2017M01 lags Illinois, according to estimates released today. And the 2018M09 Wisconsin index is below peak (nobody else in the region is).
An informal assessment of the impact of the minimum wage change suggests a large negative impact. Appearances can be deceiving. From a forthcoming working paper by me and Louis Johnston, a graph of the log ratio of MN employment in limited service eating establishments to Wisconsin (blue, left scale), and log ratio MN/WI minimum wage (red, right scale).