Simulated change in 2013 market-based poverty rate if wages had increased at same rate as productivity growth over 1979–2013

Percentage point reduction by growing wages with average wage growth
Non-elderly 100% of poverty -2.646
200% of poverty -6.205
Age 18–64 Male -1.983
Female -2.494
Workers -2.292
Children (under 18) All children -3.714
Children with working parent(s) -4.042


Note: The simulation assumes that wages increased in tandem with growth in "usable" productivity. See the technical appendix for details.

Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics unpublished Total Economy Productivity data, Bureau of Economic Analysis National Income and Product Accounts Table 1.7.6, and Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement data

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