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it’s actually pretty difficult to pin down a direct, non-anecdotal (sorry, but a quote from the chairman of the National Restaurant Association in 1991 doesn’t really stand up) evidence that higher minimum wages directly impact teen hiring.

cool, but it’s pretty obvious that this is true. You say that job skills are acquired on the job, but what about job skills like being ready on time, professionalism, and so forth? Those are all things I learned at my first job and in the end, they were much more important than transitory job skills that, yes, can be taught to anyone. Adults usually have the transferable skills and better self-control generally; that’s why you prefer them in a large number of instances to teens.

“Adults usually have the transferable skills and better self-control generally; that’s why you prefer them in a large number of instances to teens.”

^ This is anecdotal, unless you’ve got a study that proves adults have better transferrable skills.

However, and to remain fair. Non-anecdotal evidence DOES exist for minimum wage effects on teen employment.

One study from Georgia University: https://www.epionline.org/studies/r98/
Studied again here in Ohio: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12122-007-9038-6

And again in Michigan: https://www.epionline.org/studies/r57/

Note the source is EPI Online, but the actual studies are conducted at universities around the country.