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Demand for Labor and Minimum Wage [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4]

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, review Chapter 12 of your textbook, Principles of Microeconomics and the materials on the “Weekly Lecture” page. Imagine you are the manager of a manufacturing company that produces and sells electronic devices. Your company has been experiencing rapid growth and you are planning to expand your operations by opening a new factory. As you begin the process of hiring workers for the new factory, you notice that there is a shortage of qualified candidates in your local area. You are struggling to find skilled workers with the necessary experience and education to operate the high-tech machinery in your factory. Based on this scenario and the reading for this week, answer the following questions:

•                       Describe why the demand for labor is called a derived demand.

•                       Discuss how you would address the shortage of qualified workers and what strategies you would use to attract and retain skilled workers.

•                       Explain how a firm’s wage is normally determined in the labor market.

•                       Discuss if you would consider increasing wages or improving working conditions to retain your current employees.

Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and reply to at least two of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. Provide substantive responses

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Discuss how you would address the shortage of qualified workers and what strategies you would use to attract and retain skilled workers.

•                Explain how a firm’s wage is normally determined in the labor market.

•                Discuss if you would consider increasing wages or improving working conditions to retain your current employees.

Guided Response: Review several of your col leagues’ posts and reply to at least two of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. Provide substantive responses that use theory, research, experience, or examples to support ideas and advance class knowledge on the discussion topic. In your response to two classmates, address the following with a minimum of 100 words:

•                What is similar or different between your post and theirs?

•                Explain to your classmates the impact on Target if Walmart raises its minimum wage to $15 per hour, despite the federal minimum wage being fixed at $7.25 per hour.

Competencies Learned

This activity will help you practice the following skills:

Economic Analysis Policy Evaluation Analytical Skills