Title

The economic and ethical implications of living wages

DOI

10.3390/rel8040074

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-20-2017

Publication Title

Religions

Volume

8

Issue

4

Keywords

Economic implications, Economic inequality, Ethical implications, Interdisciplinary studies, Just wages, Living wages, Social justice

Abstract

Although rhetoric about wages and jobs often emphasizes the effects of globalization, questions remain as to whether United States workers are paid adequately to sustain a reasonable standard of living. One solution is to implement a living wage, which is accurate and specific to a local economy butmore computationally complex than a one-size-fits-allminimumwage. When considered economically, a living wage has the potential to increase business and production costs as well as lower profits and cause job loss. From ethical viewpoints articulated in Catholic social thought, sustainable wages enhance human dignity by supporting human agency, encouraging creativity, and permitting contributions to the common good. This article explores whether the positive ethical outcomes of implementing a living wage outweigh any possibly negative, unintended economic results.

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