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October 26, 2016 | EventsEPI is presenting new research on the gender wage gap at a panel discussion on how to address the wage gap and achieve more broadly shared prosperity.
A women’s economic agenda for the 45th U.S. president: Investing in the infrastructure to support a 21st century economy
October 26, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogProgress on closing the gap between men’s and women’s wages in the U.S. economy has been glacially slow in recent decades—and gender wage parity has become a top priority for those committed to ensuring the economic security of American women.
October 25, 2016 | InteractiveHow do gender and inequality affect your pay? Find out how much you could be making in a more equal economy.
October 25, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogLabor mobility is fundamental to the ability to earn good wages. The improvement in incomes and living standards over the centuries is tied tightly to the growing ability of workers to quit the job they have and take another.
Black workers’ wages have been harmed by both widening racial wage gaps and the widening productivity-pay gap
October 25, 2016 | By Valerie Wilson | ReportParticipants in the ongoing discussion about how to remedy centuries of economic inequality experienced by African Americans generally fall into one of two camps.
October 23, 2016 | EPI NewsWhat is the gender pay gap and is it real? In a new EPI report, lead author Elise Gould outlines the ways in which the gender wage gap is measured and shows that, even when adjusted for factors like education, experience, and race, women are paid less than men. The authors also point out that, while the gender wage gap has narrowed in recent years, much of that narrowing is due to declining men’s wages.
October 21, 2016 | By David Cooper | Economic IndicatorsMost states continue to add jobs, although a number of states—primarily those heavily dependent on the energy sector—are still showing losses over the past several months and past year.
October 20, 2016 | By Caroline Fredrickson | BlogThis article first appeared on the American Constitution Society (ASC) Blog. From First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech in New Hampshire to accusations by Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson against Roger Ailes, sexual harassment and sexual assault have been dominating the headlines for months.
October 16, 2016 | EPI NewsAusterity at all levels of government has created a teacher shortfall The Labor Department’s September employment data reveals that there are 214,000 fewer public education jobs than there were eight years ago. A new Economic Snapshot shows that the pursuit of austerity at all levels of government has resulted in a shortfall of 372,000 jobs in public education. The costs of a significant teacher gap are measurable, with children experiencing larger class sizes, fewer extracurricular activities, and changes to the curricula.
October 14, 2016 | EPI NewsAfrican Americans are paid less than whites at every education level Even though the economy continues to improve and wages are finally beginning to inch up for most Americans, African Americans are still being paid less than whites at every education level. A new Economic Snapshot shows that since 1979, the gaps between black and white workers have grown the most among workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher—the most educated workers. The findings show that education alone is not enough to overcome the effects of racial discrimination in pay.
October 14, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogOne of President Obama’s most important contributions to better pay and working conditions in the United States is his executive order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which he issued two years ago and is finally taking effect this month.
October 13, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn Quartz, I described a rarely noticed but devastating development that is undermining African American working and middle class families—a racially disparate property tax system that, in many cities, extorts a premium from African American homeowners.
October 13, 2016 | By Monique Morrissey | Economic SnapshotHispanic workers lag far behind other workers in retirement plan participation. In 2012, just 34 percent of prime-working-age Hispanic workers employed 35 or more hours per week were enrolled in an employer-based plan, compared with 59 percent of their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
October 7, 2016 | EPI NewsPaid sick day executive order will help one million families This week President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to allow their employees to earn and use paid sick days. Estimates suggest that between 694,000 and 1,053,000 employees of federal contractors will benefit from additional paid sick leave. A new Economic Snapshot shows that access to paid sick leave remains vastly unequal for private workers, with only 26 percent of the lowest wage workers earning paid leave as opposed to 87 percent of the highest wage workers.
October 7, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Economic SnapshotWith the September employment data in hand, we can look at the number of teachers who are starting work or going back to school this year.
October 7, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsThe Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 156,000 new jobs in September—enough to absorb new entrants into the labor market and move us slowly closer to full employment.
What to Watch on Jobs Day: The teacher gap, and how today’s unemployment masks continued weakness in the economy
October 6, 2016 | By Elise Gould | BlogOn Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the September numbers on the state of the labor market. As usual, I’ll be paying close attention to the prime-age employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) and nominal wages, which are two of the best indicators of labor market health.
October 5, 2016 | EventsThe Economic Policy Institute, the National Consumers League and The American Constitution Society are honored to host author, Marlene Trestman, whose book, Fair Labor Lawyer, profiles Bessie Margolin.
October 4, 2016 | By Jeff Faux | BlogThis blog was first posted at The Globalist. During the 1993 U.S. congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Democratic Congressman with a solid pro-labor voting record asked me why I thought NAFTA would be bad for working people.
October 4, 2016 | By Valerie Wilson | Economic SnapshotWhile the economy continues to improve and wages are finally beginning to inch up for most Americans, African Americans are still being paid less than whites at every education level.
October 3, 2016 | By Hunter Blair | BlogTrump’s refusal to release his tax returns continues to obscure the numerous potential loopholes that can be exploited by those at the top that are more arbitrary and objectionable.
September 28, 2016 | By Elise Gould | Economic SnapshotThe Department of Labor is soon expected to issue their final rule on an executive order requiring federal contractors to allow their employees to earn and use paid sick days.
September 27, 2016 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Press ReleasesThe middle class is set to get a raise on December 1, when the updated overtime pay rule goes into effect—giving working people more free time, more money in their wallets, or both.
September 27, 2016 | By Josh Bivens | BlogThere’s obviously plenty to criticize regarding Donald Trump’s claims and characterizations about the problems facing the U.S. economy during last night’s debate.
September 27, 2016 | EventsOn Tuesday, September 27th at 11 a.m. Eastern, the Economic Policy Institute will host a panel discussion to discuss new research showing that the gap between black and white workers’ wages was larger in 2015 than in 1979.
September 25, 2016 | EPI NewsBlack-white wage gaps expand with rising wage inequality In a new report, EPI’s Valerie Wilson and Rutgers University professor William M. Rodgers, III write that racial wage gaps in 2015 were larger than they were in 1979. The report finds that racial wage gaps are growing primarily due to discrimination, along with rising inequality in general. The impact of growing racial wage gaps over the last 36 years has been especially detrimental to the economic wellbeing of African Americans since this was also a period of weak wage growth for the vast majority of workers.
September 23, 2016 | Events