Hello, Was wondering as many of you guys come from USA. Can someone explain me how it would even be possible to widstand an almost double of the minimum wage income without destroying the whole economy pretty much instantly ? Almost every qualified job I know is paid these 15 dollars an hour, or less, after years of studying which is qualification, and time and money sacrifice to get there. Obvious example in my case : airline pilot in USA, 60 to 100k investment and years, for earning easily less than this during a few years. Engineer, similar. Medical assistant, even officer, is not paid more than that, after several years. So I get the idea of "give people more money they will spend more in USA" but where is the backing of this statement, and how would it work ? Would they raise all jobs accordingly ? How will that not kill half the little businesses including some macdonalds which are not as profitable as those in the center of a major city ? How will that not force bankrupt and lay overs all over the country ? So far even after some googling I couldn't find any decent explanation of that. Only "I want more money because I have 3 kids and can't make the ends meet with my macdonald job". EDIT : to be clear, I'm specifically addressing the relationship between minimum wage, and qualified jobs, and pay scales. Norway pays people 3 times more than in most countries, however the whole economy widstand it and pay scales are all according to that minimum wage. My question is more about how will the whole country react to doubling the minimum wage (more or less), not simply about "increasing it" which is something that happens regularly and needs to be done.