Colin Gordon is Professor of History at the University of Iowa and a Senior Research Consultant at the Iowa Policy Project.
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May 4, 2015 | By Colin Gordon | BlogSocial or labor market policies are measured by their reach, their adequacy, and their costs. By these metrics, a minimum wage increase is a slam dunk.
February 21, 2014 | By Colin Gordon | BlogMark Price and Estelle Sommeiller’s new paper traces the trajectory of top incomes in American states and regions from 1917 through 2011.
February 19, 2014 | By Colin Gordon | BlogIn The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, Mark Price and Estelle Sommeiller develop estimates for top income shares, from 1917 through 2011, for American states and regions.
October 7, 2013 | By Colin Gordon | BlogIn a previous post and economic snapshot, I and others noted the historical symmetry of the rise and fall of union density across the last century and its uncanny mirror image—the fall and rise of the share of income going to the top ten percent.
October 4, 2013 | By Colin Gordon | BlogThe September release of the Census Bureau’s income and poverty numbers (and I link to them here only to remind us all that the federal shutdown has made the unavailable) add one more data point to a lost decade punctuated by the recessions of 2001 and 2007, and also to a longer trajectory—stretching back to the 1970s—of starkly unequal income growth.
November 21, 2012 | By Colin Gordon | BlogThis post originally appeared on Dissent Magazine’s website By now it’s well known that Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter is claiming—or threatening—that compliance with the Affordable Care Act would force him to reduce employee hours or raise prices.
June 5, 2012 | By Colin Gordon | BlogOne hallmark of the first 30 years after World War II was the “countervailing power” of labor unions (not just at the bargaining table but in local, state, and national politics) and their ability to raise wages and working standards for members and non-members alike.