Minimum wage and the distribution of income On the Left there is an option, "COMMON ASSIGNMENT."

Minimum wage and the distribution of income

On the Left there is an option, “COMMON ASSIGNMENT.”

This is a Mandatory District Assignment mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

OPEN the attached document, Use Economics Vernacular and positive statements in your answer.
Read the Articles and answer the six questions. Write a paragraph for each of the six questions.

Answer Criteria
•    Topic selection— A current economic policy debate.
•    Content— Read and explore the various sides of the issue. The students will draw personal conclusions based on their own analysis of the issue, and demonstrate

an understanding of its complexities. Compare and contrast the different viewpoints of sources used on the topic taking into account the limits of a position. Present

an informed evaluation of the evidence and different viewpoint surrounding the topic.
•    Response – Apply Empirical and Quantitative skills to understand, and analyze the information and data presented. Utilized the empirical and quantitative

analyses to formulate non-normative responses to questions.
•    Writing style—with few or no typographical errors, misspelled words, and grammatical errors. .
•    Citations—anytime you borrow someone’s ideas, paraphrase or quote them, cite all sources using an appropriate method approved by the instructor. Analyze and

question your sources assumptions.

QUESTION
2014-2015 Assignment Topic: Minimum Wage and The Distribution Of Income
1.    Describe in general the issue that is being debated:
2.    Read two or more perspectives on this argument from both sides (support minimum wage increase, oppose minimum wage increase) and describe the authors

perspectives on raising the minimum wage to reduce poverty and inequality.
3.    Analyze the evidence that each author uses to support his/her thesis: What types of evidence are used? Does the evidence support his or her thesis?
4.    Evaluate the qualification of the authors: What bias might the authors have?
5.    Discuss your opinion on this topic: Do you agree or disagree with the authors?
6.    Why?

REFERENCE ARTICLES
What’s Best AT Reducing Poverty? An Examination of the Effectiveness of the 2007 Minimum Wage Increase.  http://www.epionline.org/study/r124/
Can Raising the Minimum Wage Reduce Poverty and Hardship? http://www.epionline.org/study/r141/
The Impact of a $9.89 Federal Minimum Wage. http://www.epionline.org/study/r143/
Is There Consensus in Favor of Wage Mandates? http://www.epionline.org/study/r142/
2 Parties Place Political Focus on Inequality,  by Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times.   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/us/politics/republicans-move-to-reclaim-

poverty-fighting-mantle.html?hpw&rref=politics&_r=0

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/12/04/5-fact-about-the-minimum-wage/
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/19/who-makes-minimum-wage/
From the Center for America Progress:
Http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/report/2013/12/10/80780/real-family-values-raising-the-federal-minimum-wage/
Http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/labor/news/2013/12/03/80222/raising-the-minimum-wagel-would-help-not-hurt-our-economy/

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