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Employers are shifting toward part-time work as a ‘new normal’

Since the end of the Great Recession a structural shift has resulted in over 6 million people involuntarily working part-time hours despite wanting full-time work, according to a new report from EPI research associate Lonnie Golden. Golden shows that the number of people working involuntarily part time has increased 44.6 percent since 2007.

WORKING CLASS

A real agenda for working people

EPI experts are often asked, “what really could be done to help workers?” In the wake of the election, EPI developed A real agenda for working people that lays out concrete steps to return prosperity to working-class Americans. The agenda provides a yardstick with which to measure the effectiveness of President-elect Trump’s policy agenda in boosting wages for working people. EPI’s agenda shows what Trump would do if he were serious about creating jobs, raising wages, and fixing our rigged economy. Please share it via Facebook and Twitter.

PUBLIC INVESTMENT

A public investment plan that benefits American workers

In a new report, EPI’s Josh Bivens and Hunter Blair provide a series of recommendations for crafting effective public investments including in infrastructure but also investments in child care, education, and health care. Bivens and Blair also make the case that increased public investment that was permanent and subject to public oversight and accountability would deliver large and broad-based benefits.

MINIMUM WAGE

Evidence still shows that minimum wage increases have no effect on employment

In a new report, EPI’s Ben Zipperer critiques a widely cited paper by Jeffrey Clemens and Michael Wither, which claims that the national minimum wage increases from 2007 to 2009 led to job losses in states that raised their minimum wages to meet the new national requirement. Zipperer shows that Clemens and Wither’s analysis fails to adequately account for the employment declines from the Great Recession and that once the geographical and industrial effects of the recession are factored in, the last set of federal minimum wage increases had little-to-no effect on the employment levels of low-wage workers.

PUBLIC SECTOR PAY

Taxpayers are getting a bargain in Connecticut

In a new report, EPI’s Monique Morrissey shows that, despite claims to the contrary, public-sector workers in Connecticut are compensated about the same as their private-sector counterparts, with college-educated workers paid less and non-college-educated workers paid more. This saves taxpayers money on safety net programs while ensuring a decent standard of living for less educated workers.

IN THE NEWS
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The Washington Post interviewed Lonnie Golden about his recent research on part-time work. “We’re at a point in the recovery where the labor market has improved, but the last remnant or vestige of the recession is that there are more part-time jobs available.” | "Who gets hurt when part-time work becomes the new normal" »
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EPI’s Richard Rothstein appeared on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss Ben Carson’s nomination as the head of the Department on Housing and Urban Development. | "Federal Housing Policies And How They May Shift During The Trump Administration" »
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In a story about Portland’s recent adaption of a surcharge on CEO pay, the New York Times cited EPI research, noting that—in 2013—CEO pay was 296 times more than the typical worker. | "Portland Adopts Surcharge on C.E.O. Pay in Move vs. Income Inequality" »
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The Atlantic cited EPI research on right-to-work laws, noting that wages in right-to-work states are 3.1 percent, or $1,558 lower, than they are in non-right-to-work states. | "How to Kill the Middle Class" »
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EPI's Lawrence Mishel's statement on Andrew Puzder was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Donald Trump's recent cabinet nominations. | "Donald Trump’s Cabinet Selections Signal Deregulation Moves Are Coming" »
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