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News from EPI › Robert Reich, Lawrence Mishel to Host Media Briefing Call on Inequality

On Friday, June 28th at 11:30 a.m. EST, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, EPI President Lawrence Mishel and EPI economist Elise Gould will hold a press call to discuss new research and a new project from EPI that addresses the growth of inequality in America.

This week, EPI launched Inequality.is, an interactive site that uses animations, easy-to-digest charts, and a video narrated by Reich to explain how inequality affects ordinary Americans. The site breaks down economic inequality for users into five sections—explaining that inequality is real, personal and expensive, how it was created, and what steps we can take to fix it.

Since the 1970s, the United States has become increasingly unequal in terms of income, wages, wealth and opportunity. There is considerable evidence that the growth of this inequality is the result of policies enacted to the benefit of the wealthiest Americans, rather than abstract economic trends. Lower marginal tax rates, lax financial regulation and weakened labor standards have all contributed to the problem.

The call will review the latest findings in CEO compensation and new research by Mishel and EPI Research Director Josh Bivens that argues that the rise in top incomes has impeded the growth of living standards for low and moderate-income Americans.

Who: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, EPI President Lawrence Mishel, EPI economist Elise Gould

What: Press call to discuss economic inequality

When: Friday, June 28th, 11:30 a.m. EST

Dial in number: 1-800-311-9402

Passcode: 9796

Please RSVP to news@epi.org.