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June 17, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogFrom time to time researchers have raised technical measurement issues with our research showing that the compensation of a typical worker has diverged from overall productivity. The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk—a repeat player—has a new entry.
June 13, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn Thursday, June 9, EPI President Lawrence Mishel, on behalf of the EPI Policy Center, addressed the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Committee about the need for a policy agenda that proactively addresses decades of wage stagnation.
June 13, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoLawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center, delivered testimony before the Democratic National Convention Platform Drafting Hearing on June 9, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
June 9, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | TestimonyI am Lawrence Mishel, and I am representing the Economic Policy Institute Policy Center. Thank you for inviting me to testify today.
April 26, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | BlogAn interesting story in the New York Times this morning looks at the effect that job losses from trade have had on people’s political views. It’s no surprise that voters on the losing end of globalization are disenchanted with the political mainstream, as the Times puts it. They have every right to be.
January 14, 2016 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoEPI President Larry Mishel joined C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” to discuss economic policies and goals put forth by President Obama in the State of the Union.
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.”