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Will Hawaii's Minimum Wage Backfire?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 1837 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

One of nation's 'most influential' economists coming to Hawaii

from Grassroot Institute, September, 2022 

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University present Mark Skousen to talk about the folly of fixing wages

The Hawaii Legislature set in motion this year an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2028, which local media pundits and others heralded as a historic win for Hawaii employees.

But was that really the right way to address the problems faced by Hawaii’s low-income workers? More important, might the wage increase backfire and actually end up harming the very people it was supposed to help?

Mark Skousen, one of America’s leading and most entertaining economists, will help answer those questions at a free event sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University, on Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.

It will take place at the Aloha Tower Marketplace in Multi-Purpose Room 2, pictured below, which can accommodate about 100 people. Host Ken Schoolland, HPU associate professor of economics, said he will be bringing about 25 HPU students, leaving about 75 seats available for the public.

Paid parking is available at the marketplace or in the city parking building at the corner of Nimitz Highway and Smith Street, a block away.

In addition to being an economist, Skousen is a financial adviser, a professor at Chapman University in California and author of more than two dozen books, including, most prominently, “The Making of Modern Economics.” He also produces FreedomFest — the largest annual gathering of lovers of liberty in the world.

He recently was named one of the top 20 most influential living economists by Super Scholar, along with luminaries such as Alan Greenspan, Gary Becker, Francis Fukuyama, Hernando de Soto, Thomas Sowell and Joseph Stiglitz.

For more information, email or call 808-864-1776. Or email Schoolland at  To learn more about Skousen, go here.


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