Did federal minimum wage laws kill American Samoa?

Tri Marine International cannery in American Samoa, 2013
Tri Marine International cannery in Atu’u, American Samoa; from GAO-14-381, p. 44

I regularly tune in to Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams’ political rants on Periscope. During a recent philippic, he mentioned in passing that federal minimum wage laws recently devastated American Samoa’s once-booming economy. He basically painted a picture of a paradise-turned-ghetto with equality-of-outcome economic policies to blame. I, of course, had to look into this claim. Here is what I found. Continue reading Did federal minimum wage laws kill American Samoa?