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Gender pay gap calculator

EPI’s new interactive gender pay gap calculator calculates how much you could be earning—when accounting for age, gender, and education. Users of the calculator will see that the typical woman earns 83 cents for every dollar earned by her male counterpart and growing inequality affects nearly everyone who works. The calculator shows that if the gender wage gap had closed and the economy’s gains were more broadly shared, women’s median hourly wages could be 69 percent higher today. EPI has proposed solutions to closing both the gender wage gap and eliminating inequality, such as allowing workers to organize, increasing wage transparency, and expanding paid family leave.

WAGES

Black workers’ median hourly wages could be 87 percent higher

In a new report, EPI’s Valerie Wilson explains that the economic inequality experienced by African American workers is due to both a racial wage gap and the failure of all workers’ wages to keep up with productivity. Wilson shows that by addressing both class and racial inequality, African American workers’ median hourly wages would be 87 percent higher.

LABOR

White House calls for action on non-compete clauses

The White House issued a call-to-action for states to reform non-compete clauses, which hinder labor mobility for approximately 30 million—nearly one in five—workers in the United States. EPI’s Ross Eisenbrey explains why this is a good first step and why efforts to improve labor mobility should continue into the next administration.

EVENTS

Paying for progress: A tax reform agenda for the next president

On November 17th, The Century Foundation and EPI will host a discussion on how the next administration could implement comprehensive tax reform and progressive fiscal policies. Speakers include leading experts and policymakers such as: Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and EPI’s Josh Bivens. Join us November 17th.

IN THE NEWS
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The Wall Street Journal quoted EPI’s Valerie Wilson on the implications of the recent African American wage gains on federal interest rates. “The Fed should perhaps hold off on an interest rate increase because the groups that benefit most late in a recovery are just now starting to see those gains materialize.” | "Black Workers See Fastest Wage Growth in More Than 15 Years" »
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Atlantic cited EPI research in a story about the path to full employment noting that employment recovery from the Great Recession took a lengthy 51 months to reach its pre-recession peak. | "The Slow Slog Toward ‘Full’ Employment" »
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New York Magazine covered EPI’s recent report on the gender pay gap, noting that women in unions are paid 89 cents for every dollar paid to unionized men while nonunionized women are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to nonunionized men. | "Women in Unions Are Closer to Equal Pay Than Women Who Aren’t" »
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Broadly also covered EPI’s report on the gender pay gap, writing, “Black women and Hispanic women make 65.3 percent and 57.6 percent of white men's wages, respectively.” | "The Wage Gap Is Real, and It’s Costing Women $500,000" »
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EPI’s Josh Bivens was quoted in an article in the Hill explaining that Donald Trump’s economic policies, especially the way he talks about growth projections are “not economically literate.”  | "Trump’s growth projections leave economists in disbelief" »
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