Minimum wage: Debate issues based on empirical studies, not ideology

Studies are needed to examine how a minimum wage affects job opportunities, wage levels and different income groups. Start with sectors with the Progressive Wage Model.

The burgeoning public attention on whether Singapore should have a universal minimum wage policy has spurred robust debate.

While the engagement of diverse voices is a refreshing scene after the 2020 General Election, the debate appears to have become more about ideology than evidence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2020, with the headline 'Minimum wage: Debate issues based on empirical studies, not ideology'. Subscribe