Simulated change in 2013 market-based poverty rate if wages had increased at same rate as productivity growth over 1979–2013 and if the economy were at full employment in 2013

Percentage point reduction by growing wages with average wage growth
Non-<br>elderly 100% of poverty -4.188
Age 18–64 Male -3.14
Female -3.904
White -2.373
Black -5.445
Hispanic -6.722
Children (under 18) All children -5.937
White -3.384
Black -8.332
Hispanic -10.279


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

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) microdata

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