«Wirtschaftsweiser»: Gradually raise the minimum wage

Released on 25.09. 2021

  • Achim Truger, University of Duisburg-Essen, member of the Expert Council. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka

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The increase in the minimum wage became a controversial issue before the federal election. Ten million people would benefit directly from it, says a business expert.

Berlin (dpa) – The “economic” Achim Truger advocates a gradual increase in the minimum wage to 12 Euro to the beginning 2023.

Such an approach can be “socio-politically well justified ”and would“ lead to immediate improvements for ten million people ”, Truger told the“ Münchner Merkur ”(online) Wage level »guarantee. “Even 09 euros would still be a long way off,” said the member of the five-member council of experts Assessment of the overall economic development. The Expert Council advises politics. The experts are colloquially referred to as the «economic modes».

The minimum wage is currently 9, 60 euros per hour. On January 1st 2022 it will be on 9, 82 and on July 1st 2022 to 10, 45 Euros raised. These levels decided by the Federal Cabinet had recommended a minimum wage commission, which consists primarily of representatives of employers and the trade unions.

SPD and Greens are calling for an increase in the minimum wage in their election programs 12 Euro. The President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Marcel Fratzscher, had already approved this amount. The Union and FDP reject this, however. The left is aiming for 13 euros. Business associations had warned against political interference in the work of the minimum wage commission.

Truger rejected criticism, an increase on 12 Euro could cost jobs. It is true that there is “no certain knowledge” here. But one could raise the minimum wage “without any significant problems to 60 percent of the median hourly wage”. This would currently correspond to “about 12 Euro”. A cautious increase, for example in three steps, is recommended. If there are problems you can “always react,” said Truger.

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