Would Raising the Minimum Wage be Good for Sheboygan?
Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Economics and Business and director of Lakeland's Center for Economic Education
Would raising the minimum wage be good for Sheboygan's economy? Scott Niederjohn discussed the demographics of minimum wage both nationally and in Sheboygan County. As part of the discussion, he presented a case for why raising the minimum wage is not the best way to help Sheboygan's working poor, proposing an alternative policy for helping those struggling to get by in low wage jobs in the local area.
Since joining Lakeland's faculty in 2004, Niederjohn has become one of the state's foremost advocates for the need for more economic education to improve financial literacy. He led the creation of the Lakeland Center for Economic Education, which works with the statewide non-profit group EconomicsWisconsin to create financial literacy and economics curriculum and other tools for K-12 teachers. He is a member of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy, and was named a 2011 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award winner. His research has been featured in numerous academic journals, and he is often quoted by the media on a range of business and economic issues. Niederjohn holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MBA with an applied economics concentration from Marquette University. He recently taught in Europe at the University of Luxembourg as a Fulbright Scholar.