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January 17, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn December 5, 2016, EPI president Lawrence Mishel participated in a Q&A discussion with Manuela Veloso, Vijay Kumar, Guruduth Banavar, Richard Freeman, and Diane Bailey at the De Lange Conference X – Human, Machines and the Future of Work.
January 17, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | VideoOn December 5, 2016, EPI president Lawrence Mishel spoke at the De Lange Conference X – Human, Machines and the Future of Work about automation, job shortages and rising inequality in a presentation titled Should we fear the robots?.
January 17, 2017 | By Elise Gould | BlogDue to an executive order by President Obama, all federal contractors with new contracts (or renewals) after January 1, 2017 are required to provide paid sick leave to theirs employees.
January 15, 2017 | EPI NewsRacial and economic segregation are holding back too many students In a new report, EPI economist Emma García and Stanford professor Martin Carnoy find that the achievement gap between black and white students is narrowing but that English language learners and students in high-poverty schools are still struggling to keep up with their peers. The authors recommend enhanced support for low-income and at-risk children through coordinated education, economic, and housing policies.
January 13, 2017 | By Monique Morrissey | BlogI seem to have hit a nerve by pointing out that a paper purporting to compare public- and private-sector workers in Connecticut excluded 82 percent of public-sector workers from the sample used to compare wages and salaries.
January 13, 2017 | By Daniel Costa | BlogSenator Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) recent NY Times op-ed on immigration—“Fix Immigration. It’s What Voters Want.”—gets a few things right, but the ultimate analysis is off the mark.
January 13, 2017 | By Emma García | Economic Snapshot“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”—Dr.
January 10, 2017 | By Josh Bivens | BlogThe closing days of the Obama years give us a chance to assess the president and his administration across a range of issues.
January 8, 2017 | EPI NewsThe new year brings higher wages for 4.3 million workers across the country At the start of the new year, 19 states increased their minimum wages, lifting the pay of over 4.3 million workers. In a new article, EPI’s Janelle Jones demonstrates that increasing the federal minimum wage would undo the erosion in value of the minimum wage and help reverse the growth in wage inequality. See which states have increased their minimum wage, and explore EPI’s Minimum Wage Tracker to compare minimum wages across the country.
January 6, 2017 | By Elise Gould | BlogToday’s jobs report gives us an opportunity to compare how the economy is treating Americans today compared with December 2007, when the recession began.
January 6, 2017 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s jobs report shows that the economy added 156,000 jobs in December 2016. The December report lets us look at 2016 as a whole.
January 5, 2017 | By Elise Gould | BlogIt remains to be seen what, if anything, President-elect Trump will do to strengthen the economy for working people. On net, it could go either way. But all measures, the next president is inheriting an economy far stronger than the last and one that, if left alone, will continue to heal.
January 4, 2017 | By Monique Morrissey | Blog401(k)s were never intended to replace pensions, so it should be no surprise that they aren’t up to the task.
January 4, 2017 | By Lawrence Mishel | Press ReleasesIt is disappointing to see Kentucky poised to become a so-called right-to-work state Doing so will only lower the wages and benefits of workers, both union and nonunion, and further tilt our economy and political life toward dominance by big business and the wealthy.
January 4, 2017 | By Elise Gould | BlogThere are multiple scenarios for the unemployment rate over the next year as the labor market operates under incoming President Donald Trump. Here’s a look at three crucial factors in determining the outcome.
January 3, 2017 | By Janelle Jones | BlogAt the start of the new year, 19 states increased their minimum wages, lifting the pay of over 4.3 million workers.
December 23, 2016 | By Daniel Costa | BlogMaria Grazia Giammarinaro, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, issued a statement regarding her official visit to the United States to assess the country’s state of affairs on human trafficking
December 23, 2016 | Press ReleasesThe Economic Policy Institute applauds members of Congress for filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration’s new overtime rule.
The top charts of 2016: 13 charts that show the difference between the economy we have now and the economy we could have
December 22, 2016 | ReportThe election of Donald Trump alerted many to what should have been obvious long ago: the U.S. economy has failed to deliver the goods to the vast majority of American families for decades. These charts show the gap between what is and what could be.
December 20, 2016 | By Monique Morrissey | BlogThe latest proposal, from House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-Texas), actually slashes benefits even more than would be sufficient to close Social Security’s projected shortfall. The extra savings generated by these cuts is used to reduce taxes on higher-income households.
December 20, 2016 | By Janelle Jones | Economic IndicatorsThe November state jobs data, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows most states on pace to continue their sluggish recoveries through the final months of the year.
December 19, 2016 | EventsPlease join the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) for this important panel and webcast on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
December 18, 2016 | EPI NewsMass incarceration contributes to the racial achievement gap in schools In a new report, EPI research associates Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein draw a connection between mass incarceration and the racial achievement gap in schools. African American children are six times as likely as white children to have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. The disproportionate incarceration of African American parents has contributed to the gap in achievement between African American and white students. The authors advocate for a number of policies and actions to reduce the number of unjustly incarcerated African American parents and narrow this gap.
December 16, 2016 | EPI NewsEmployers are shifting toward part-time work as a ‘new normal’ Since the end of the Great Recession a structural shift has resulted in over 6 million people involuntarily working part-time hours despite wanting full-time work, according to a new report from EPI research associate Lonnie Golden. Golden shows that the number of people working involuntarily part time has increased 44.6 percent since 2007.