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June 29, 2015 | By Monique Morrissey | BlogA closer look at the evidence shows that SSDI benefits have become, if anything, less generous. Moreover, even research cited by critics shows SSDI receipt has a negligible impact on work effort because few applicants, including marginal applicants who were denied benefits, are able to earn a living afterward.
2014 analysis, former EPI economist Heidi Shierholz estimated the share of salaried workers who were covered by the overtime salary threshold in 1975 and in 2013. Now, in updating this analysis, we want to be as precise as possible in identifying the workers who will be affected by the updated salary threshold rule.
June 26, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogOn World Refugee Day, The Hill published a Contributors piece by the libertarian Cato Institute’s immigration policy analyst, Alex Nowrasteh, headlined, “The US should be a home for refugees.” In it, he offers a brief history of refugee policy and flows into the United States over the past century and suggests that the United States “should … allow more to settle here.” That’s a noble sentiment, but the headline is misleading because it leaves out the substance of what Nowrasteh proposes in order to help make this happen.
June 24, 2015 | By Emma García | BlogThat early education inequalities are a reflection of economic inequalities raises serious concerns about the presumed relationship between education and social mobility. It also calls into question the claim that we can reduce income inequality if we just focus more on education.
June 23, 2015 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogFast-track trade legislation is the first step in the process of greasing the skids for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and any other trade deal proposed by this president or any other for the next six years. Last month, the 13 democrats listed in the table below voted to end debate on fast track (Trade Promotion Authority, or TPA), allowing a final vote to take pace. There are strong arguments against the TPP, which will increase inequality and hurt the middle class.
Testimony before the New York State Department of Labor Wage Board: Hearing on Increasing the Minimum Wage in the Fast-Food Industry
June 22, 2015 | By David Cooper | TestimonyThe following is the testimony of David Cooper, EPI senior economic analyst, in a hearing before the New York State Department of Labor Wage Board in Albany, N.Y.
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 22, 2015 | By Mark Simon | TestimonyThe following is the testimony of Mark Simon, EPI research associate, in a hearing before the DC Council’s Education committee on the National Research council of the National Academies Summary Report: “An Evaluation of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia: Reform in a Changing Landscape” on Monday, June 22, 2015.
June 19, 2015 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureThe Bureau of Labor Statistic’s May State Employment and Unemployment report showed most states continued on the generally positive—albeit somewhat unremarkable—track they’ve been on for the past year.
June 18, 2015 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogIn a jointly authored statement, former EPI board members and U.S. Labor Secretaries F. Ray Marshall and Robert Reich called on Congress to reject Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership because that deal will “harm America’s working people.” Despite this statement, the House today approved a truncated version of Fast Track (TPA) that excludes funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance for displaced workers.
Inequalities at the Starting Gate: Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills Gaps between 2010–2011 Kindergarten Classmates
June 17, 2015 | By Emma García | ReportIntroduction and executive summary Inequalities in education outcomes such as test scores or degree attainment have been at the center of education policy debates for decades.
June 17, 2015 | Fact SheetAmericans are working longer hours and are more productive–yet wages are largely flat. Indeed, the median worker saw a real (inflation-adjusted) hourly wage increase of just 6.1 percent between 1979 and 2013, despite overall productivity growth of 64.9 percent.
June 16, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogThis piece was originally published in the New York Times “Room for Debate” section on May 12, 2015. The true costs of goods and services is a secondary issue to stagnant and exploitative wages: The cost of certain goods might go up, but more people would be able to afford them with better compensation.
June 16, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | BlogCorporate lobbyists have convinced legislators of both parties that America needs more guest workers in high-tech jobs. Leading the charge in Congress to do their bidding is Utah Sen.
June 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotIf the overtime salary threshold is raised to $52,000, 3.3 million fathers and 3.2 million mothers will be guaranteed overtime protection, and 12.4 million children will benefit from it.
June 16, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe National Retail Federation (NRF), a lobbying organization for department store corporations, sporting goods and grocery chains, and other large retailers, is opposed to the Department of Labor’s update of the rules governing the right of salaried workers to overtime pay.
June 15, 2015 | By Josh Bivens | Working PaperThis paper by EPI Research and Policy Director Josh Bivens was written for the Full Employment Project of Policy Futures, a new initiative at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
June 13, 2015 | By Jeff Faux | BlogStung by the sudden derailment in the House of Representatives of their rush to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Washington establishment has wasted no time in warning us of the terrifying menace of a rising China, should the trade deal not be put back on track next week.
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 12, 2015 | Fact SheetHardworking, middle-class Americans have seen their wages stagnate in recent years, while for the most part, the benefits of the economic recovery have gone to the wealthy few.
June 12, 2015 | VideoDawn Hughey was a manager at Dollar General in Flint, MI from 2009–2011. Because she was a manager and received a salary of more than $23,660, she was not entitled to receive overtime pay—even when she was required to work 60-70 hour work weeks.
June 12, 2015 | By Daniel Costa | VideoDiscussing the use of skilled foreign workers in the U.S. with Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute.
June 12, 2015 | By Ron Hira | VideoAli Velshi discusses the skilled worker visa program with Ron Hira of the Economic Policy Institute.
June 11, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | Economic snapshotMore than 12 million workers were guaranteed overtime pay in 1979. Today, only 3.5 million workers have salaries below the $455 per week threshold and are thus guaranteed overtime pay.
June 10, 2015 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogThe House is expected to vote this week on fast track authority to negotiate two massive trade deals, including the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).