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January 14, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogAn annotated discussion of the discussion of wages and inequality in President Obama's State of the Union address.
Despite Freelancers Union/Upwork claim, freelancing is not becoming Americans’ main source of income
December 9, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Briefing PaperWhile there are important issues regarding the economic security of freelancers, hype about freelancing and gig work perhaps distracts from broader issues that deserve attention, such as the spread of employee misclassification.
Claims of an exploding gig economy are contradicted by the lack of growth of self-employed workforce
October 28, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Economic SnapshotOne way to track growth in the “gig,” or Uber, economy is to identify the share of workers that are self-employed. As Justin Fox has written, self-employment has actually fallen, contradicting the notion of an exploding gig economy in which everyone will soon be a freelance worker.
4.7 Million Millennials Would Directly Benefit from Raising the Overtime Salary Threshold to $50,440
August 5, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Economic SnapshotIf the overtime salary threshold is raised to $50,440, then 6.7 million millennials, or 4.7 million more than are currently covered, would directly benefit from the proposed salary threshold, with most of them gaining new rights to overtime eligibility.
News from EPI › SEC Rule is a Solid Step in Recognizing the Contribution Skyrocketing CEO Compensation Makes to Inequality
August 5, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesI am heartened that the SEC is finally adopting its CEO pay ratio disclosure rule. EPI has been studying CEO pay and worker pay for more than 20 years.
July 29, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogMatt Yglesias is an insightful writer, but his recent article, “Hillary Clinton’s favorite chart is pretty misleading” is itself very misleading.
July 15, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Economic SnapshotBetween 2007 and 2014 the median worker’s wages and compensation declined, respectively, by 4.0 and 1.9 percent. Among the bottom 40 percent of workers there was an even greater decline in compensation than there was in wages, indicating that including benefits as well as wages in an analysis results in a more adverse trends
July 13, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogHillary Clinton appropriately defines her economic policy goal as raising “incomes for hardworking Americans so they can afford a middle-class life” rather than “hitting some arbitrary growth target untethered to people’s lives and livelihoods.”
July 4, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogGlenn Hubbard, a leading conservative economist and key adviser to GOP candidate Jeb Bush, does not seem to believe there is a wage stagnation problem.
$16.3 million in 2014, or 997 percent, a rise almost double stock market growth.
June 22, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogThe reason to focus on the CEO pay of the largest firms is that they employ a large number of workers, are the leaders of the business community, and set the standards for pay in the executive pay market and probably in the nonprofit sector as well (e.g., hospitals, universities).
June 12, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesI have been engaged in policy deliberations around trade adjustment for thirty-seven years. What was being considered in Congress today was a shell of the initial program and funded by cutting Medicare to boot.
June 2, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogA new paper, Firming up Inequality, has been receiving substantial attention in the media for its claim that wage inequality is not occurring within firms but only occurs between firms. Though the authors present valuable new data, which offers the possibility of great insights, their current analysis does not disprove that executive pay has fueled top 1 percent income growth. In fact, the study neither examines nor rebuts claims about executive pay.
May 26, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | AudioEPI president Larry Mishel told NPR’s Scott Horsley of Morning Edition that “We have created lots of income, lots of output, lots of wealth over the last three decades, but the problem is it has not accrued to the vast majority.” Watch the video
May 13, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | Economic SnapshotThe current robot story is that employers are increasingly using machinery, computers or software instead of workers. Perhaps surprisingly to some, the data on investments and productivity cast doubt on any accelerated robot activity: the growth of labor productivity, capital investment and, particularly, investment in information equipment and software has strongly decelerated in the 2000s.
April 10, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogThis piece originally ran in The American Prospect. We think of America as the land of opportunity, but the United States actually has low rates of upward mobility relative to other advanced nations, and there has been no improvement in decades.
March 12, 2015 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogHidden amid all the discussion of when falling unemployment will lead to rising wages are the expectations shared in the media and among economic analysts that we can only expect wages to rise when unemployment is low.