Top 10 EPI reports of 2020

Staying safe. Educating our children. Having a say in workplace conditions. Fighting for fair wages when systemic racism, consolidated wealth, and corporate power thwart opportunity.

These concerns were top of mind for our readers in 2020, according to our compilation of EPI’s most-read reports.

The report in first place is the one that outlines where a tsunami of anti-worker actions have come from. Can you guess the source?

Here’s a countdown of our most popular reports:


Health insurance and the COVID-19 shock

What we know so far about health insurance losses and what it means for policy


Coronavirus and farmworkers

Farm employment, safety issues, and the H-2A guestworker program


Why unions are good for workers—especially in a crisis like COVID-19

Twelve policies that would boost worker rights, safety, and wages


CEO compensation surged 14% in 2019 to $21.3 million

CEOs now earn 320 times as much as a typical worker


Fundamental health reform like ‘Medicare for All’ would help the labor market

Job loss claims are misleading, and substantial boosts to job quality are often overlooked


Black workers face two of the most lethal preexisting conditions for coronavirus—racism and economic inequality

The disparate racial impact of the virus is deeply rooted in historic and ongoing social and economic injustices


We can reshore manufacturing jobs, but Trump hasn’t done it

Trade rebalancing, infrastructure, and climate investments could create 17 million good jobs and rebuild the American economy


H-1B visas and prevailing wage levels

A majority of H-1B employers—including major U.S. tech firms—use the program to pay migrant workers well below market wages



COVID-19 and student performance, equity, and U.S. education policy

Lessons from pre-pandemic research to inform relief, recovery, and rebuilding


50 reasons the Trump administration is bad for workers

President Trump has said he would “protect” and “fight for” workers. Instead, his administration has systematically done the opposite.