Cooked To Order

Date Published: 
Wed, 05/01/1996

John Schmitt. The American Prospect. May 1, 1996.

“Cooked To Order” reveals the fast food industry’s attack on David Card and Alan Krueger following their groundbreaking book Myth and Measurement, which debunked the conservative claim that modest increases in the minimum wage cost jobs. (Partially due to the fact that higher wages increase productivity, and decrease turnover.)

This article also provides a succinct description of Card and Krueger’s work, specifically that they surveyed 331 fast food restaurants in New Jersey and 71 in eastern Pennsylvania, instead of relying on government data, and then re-interviewed them eight months after the minimum wage increase took hold in New Jersey. No negative affect on employment was found in New Jersey.