The following graph shows the labor market in the fast-food industry in the fictional town of Supersize City.
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True or False: A minimum wage above $10 per hour is a binding minimum wage in this market.
False Market for Labor in the Fast Food Industry Wage (Dollars per hour) Labor Demanded (Thousands of workers) 120 80 Labor Supplied (Thousands of workers) + WAGE (Dollars per hour) + — + + —+ Demand 0 20 200 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 LABOR (Thousands of workers) In this market, the equilibrium hourly wage is $10, and the equilibrium quantity of labor is 100 thousand workers. Suppose a senator introduces a bill to legislate a minimum hourly wage of $8. This type of price control is called a price floor . For each of the wages listed in the following table, determine the quantity of labor demanded, the quantity of labor supplied, and the direction of pressure exerted on wages in the absence of any price controls. Wage (Dollars per hour) Labor Demanded (Thousands of workers) Labor Supplied (Thousands of workers) Pressure on Wages Downward Upward