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November 25, 2015 | By Josh Bivens | Economic SnapshotPolicymakers and candidates for office have reacted to rising inequality and near-stagnant wages in recent decades by promising to either cut or hold the line on federal taxes for “middle-class” families (and they tend to define “middle-class” awfully liberally, often lumping in those with incomes higher than 98 percent of American households).
November 24, 2015 | By Josh Bivens | BlogLast Thanksgiving I wrote a blog post in the “how to argue with your relatives at Thanksgiving” genre, providing some hard numbers for people who didn’t want to let their conservative relatives spout nonsense about economics with impunity at the holiday dinner table.
November 20, 2015 | By Robert E. Scott | BlogThe 21st Century Buy American Act is smart manufacturing policy and a good first step towards rebuilding American manufacturing.
November 20, 2015 | By David Cooper | State Jobs PictureThe state employment and unemployment figures for October, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were slightly more encouraging than the previous few months.
November 19, 2015 | EventsOf the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, 84 percent have resided in the country for over five years, while nearly two thirds have lived in the United States for a decade, and over a fifth for two decades; but all are subject to removal from the country at any time.
November 19, 2015 | BlogCongresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) spoke at the unveiling of EPI's Women's Economic Agenda on November 18, 2015. Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, are posted below.
November 19, 2015 | By Elaine Weiss | BlogThe Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) appears, finally, to be nearing reauthorization. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Congress will, after years of effort, begin to right some of the wrongs wrought by the excessive focus on standards and accountability in No Child Left Behind (ESEA’s current iteration).
Closing the pay gap and beyond: A brief explanation of the motivation behind EPI’s Women’s Economic Agenda
November 18, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogClosing the gender wage gap is absolutely essential to helping women achieve economic security. But to bring genuine economic success to American women and their families, we must do more. The gender wage gap is only one way the economy shortchanges women.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and progressive leaders join EPI to unveil the Women’s Economic Agenda: Ambitious policy agenda sets sights beyond the gender wage gap
November 18, 2015 | EventsOn Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will join the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the AFL-CIO’s Liz Shuler and other leaders to release EPI’s ambitious Women’s Economic Agenda.
November 16, 2015 | By Josh Bivens | BlogFriend and former colleague Jared Bernstein made a defense of the ACA excise tax on expensive employer-provided health insurance plans a couple of days ago. It’s about as good a defense as there is of the excise tax, but at EPI we’re still largely unconvinced.
November 12, 2015 | By Alyssa Davis | BlogToday’s release of the September Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data corroborates the story we saw in August and September’s jobs reports, as hiring slowed and the economy added a paltry number of jobs (note that the JOLTS data comes with a one-month lag relative to monthly jobs numbers, so the much-improved October jobs report data is not reflected in today’s release).
November 6, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), both in congressional testimony and in the official comments it submitted to the Department of Labor, makes a strong case for the Obama administration’s proposed rule on the overtime rights of salaried workers.
November 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogWhile the topline employment number for October is quite encouraging, other indicators continue to paint a picture of a plateaued economy, particularly the fact that there has been no growth in prime-age employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) this year.
November 6, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Economic IndicatorsThis morning’s BLS employment situation report shows the economy added 271,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.0 percent.
November 5, 2015 | By James Harvey | BlogBringing It Back Home, a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute at the end of October, provides a distinct service in reminding Americans that they can learn more about how to improve their schools by looking at successful American states than they can by heading overseas to pry lessons out of foreigners.
November 5, 2015 | By Elise Gould | BlogOn Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the October numbers on the state of the labor market. As usual, I will be looking closely at nominal wage growth.
November 5, 2015 | By Elise Gould | Issue BriefDespite the crucial nature of their work, child care workers’ job quality does not seem to be valued in today’s economy. They are among the country’s lowest-paid workers, and seldom receive job-based benefits such as health insurance and pensions.
November 3, 2015 | By Darryl J. Anderson | BlogElaine Kamarck’s essay, “Delaying the Inevitable: Political Stalemate and the U.S. Postal Service,” grossly misstates the facts about the central cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis, which is the statutory requirement to pre‐fund retiree health benefits.
November 3, 2015 | By Valerie Wilson | Economic IndicatorsIn September 2015, the national unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, down 0.2 percentage points since the end of the second quarter in June 2015. Yet even as the recovery moves ahead slowly, conditions vary greatly across states and across racial and ethnic groups.
November 2, 2015 | By Ross Eisenbrey | BlogThe New York Times has published two parts of a three-part series about the epidemic of arbitration clauses that have cropped up in millions of transactions between corporations and their customers and employees.
On Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: The inextricable links between exclusive representation, agency fees, and the duty of fair representation
November 2, 2015 | By Jeffrey H. Keefe | Briefing PaperAgency clauses, which allow unions to collect fair-share fees from employees who are not union members but whom the union is legally required to represent are needed. Without them, "free-ridership" grows, depleting union resources and undermining the ability of a union to serve all workers in the bargaining unit.
October 30, 2015 | By Elaine Weiss | BlogThis week we learned that, for the first time in its 20 year history, scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) declined or were stagnant in both fourth and eighth grades in both math and reading. Naturally, this is prompting concern and questions. Are current education policies on the right course? Is the Common Core not working? Do these scores indicate “test fatigue” because kids are taking too many tests?
Are International Comparisons A Smart Way to Judge U. S. Education Policy?: Why to use states rather than countries to inform our education policy
October 30, 2015 | EventsThe quality of education in the United States has been heavily criticized in part because of U.S. students’ performance on international tests, such as the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
October 29, 2015 | EventsThis event is sponsored by the Economic Policy Institute, the New America Foundation and the American Prospect. According to Steven Hill’s Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers (St.
Disney H-1B Scandal in Spotlight Again: Meet The American Workers Whose Jobs and Careers Were Destroyed by the H-1B Program
October 28, 2015 | By Ron Hira | BlogTwo courageous Disney workers were interviewed yesterday on a local television news program in Sarasota, Florida. In the interview, they describe what it was like to train their foreign replacements: “Like when a guillotine falls down on you.” It’s hard to overestimate how many Americans’ livelihoods have been damaged by the H-1B visa guestworker program, which allows employers to hire about 130,000 new college-educated foreign workers every year for up to six years at a time.