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Errors in McDonald's Wage "Study"

A "study" from a "researcher" at the University of Kansas has been making its way around the internet.


Turns out, contrary to what the Huffington Post originally report, the person who provided the "study" was actually an undergraduate student and the "study" may have been nothing more than a term paper or calculations performed by the student. Furthermore, the "study" was chock full of errors:

On Monday, The Huffington Post published a story entitled "Doubling McDonald's Salaries Would Cause Your Big Mac To Cost Just 68¢ More." HuffPost has since learned that the research used as the basis of the story contains significant errors that cast doubts on its claims. This story has replaced the one originally published in this space.

The story drew on data presented by Arnobio Morelix, an undergraduate student from The University Of Kansas who identified himself as a researcher for the school.


The study did not take into account the fact that most McDonald's restaurants are franchises. The Colombia Journalism Review took the HuffPo to task for publishing the "study."

The "study" even made it into the NYT and Forbes. It is amazing how fast bad information spreads these days with little to no fact-checking.

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