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    A phrase

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    I found a difficulty in understanding the highlighted phrase "would do so" in the following clips from a newspaper article

    "Four months after a modest minimum wage was introduced, bringing us into line with most other places including the mainland, there is little if any evidence to support predictions that it would cause unemployment, or increase the rate of small business failures in a competitive economy. Nor is there any reason to think that adjustments of the minimum from time to time in line with relevant economic conditions would do so."
    What does it mean? Can it be omitted?



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    Re: A phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    "Four months after a modest minimum wage was introduced, bringing us into line with most other places including the mainland, there is little if any evidence to support predictions that it would cause unemployment, or increase the rate of small business failures in a competitive economy. Nor is there any reason to think that adjustments of the minimum from time to time in line with relevant economic conditions would do so."
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    Re: A phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Dear Sir/ Madam



    I found a difficulty in understanding the highlighted phrase "would do so" in the following clips from a newspaper article

    "Four months after a modest minimum wage was introduced, bringing us into line with most other places including the mainland, there is little if any evidence to support predictions that it would cause unemployment, or increase the rate of small business failures in a competitive economy. Nor is there any reason to think that adjustments of the minimum from time to time in line with relevant economic conditions would do so."
    What does it mean? Can it be omitted?


    The whole sentence is saying "not only has the introduction of the minimum wage not caused unemployment etcetera, but also there is no reason to think that adjustments to it would have those effects". No, it can't be omitted.

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