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Marching for better wages and greater economic security

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of women gathered on the National Mall and across the globe to advocate for women’s rights, including equal pay. In a new article, EPI’s Elise Gould writes that to truly maximize women’s economic potential, policymakers should focus on closing the gender wage gap and raising wages. If we closed the gender wage gap and eliminated the inequality that has kept nearly all workers’ pay from rising with productivity, women’s median hourly wages would be 69 percent higher.

EDUCATION

High-poverty schools continue to hurt children of all races

In a new Economic Snapshot, EPI’s Emma García shows that poor black children are much more likely to attend high-poverty schools than poor white children. García explains that students who attend high-poverty schools have lower math and reading achievement levels. As a result, children attending those schools are therefore shortchanged and face challenges to their future economic prospects and potential social mobility.

WORKING PEOPLE

What President Trump and Congress could do to help workers

EPI released A real agenda for working people, which lays out what Trump would do if he were serious about creating jobs, raising wages, and fixing our rigged economy. EPI’s agenda would boost working people’s wages and quality of life. The agenda includes policies to target full employment, strengthen rules that support wages and work, and protect and strengthen the right to collective bargaining. It also calls for reorienting trade policy to support working people and raising top tax rates to fund necessary public investment and reduce the economic power of the top 1 percent.

IN THE NEWS
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The New York Times quoted EPI’s Hunter Blair on the use of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds to fulfill President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure. “Trump might dispute that his plan would require raising more in taxes,” said Blair, “but it will certainly cost money through tolls and other user fees.” | "Rebuilding Infrastructure May Be Profitable for the Very Rich" »
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The Atlantic interviewed EPI’s Leila Morsy about her and Richard Rothstein’s recent report which argues that mass incarceration is a chief contributor to the racial gaps in academic performance between black and white students. | "How Mass Incarceration Pushes Black Children Further Behind in School" »
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In a story about Walmart adding 10,000 U.S. jobs in 2017, Mic cited EPI research on trade, noting that Chinese imports entering the country through Walmart totaled nearly $50 billion in 2013. | "Walmart and China just sent Donald Trump a big SOS on free trade" »
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The Atlantic's City Lab covered EPI’s recent report that finds that racial achievement gaps are narrowing but that social class and English language learner gaps remain large and undiminished. | "The Racial Gap in Education Is Slowly Shrinking" »
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EPI’s Josh Bivens appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal to discuss Obama’s economic legacy. | "President Obama’s Legacy on the Economy" »
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ATTN: featured EPI’s Gender pay gap calculator, which shows how much higher wages could be today if they had not been eroded by the gender and inequality gaps. | "This Simple Calculator Shows How Much You Benefit (or Suffer) From the Gender Wage Gap" »
From the EPI Blog
Julia Wolfe
Extending the $600 weekly unemployment boost would support millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data
David Cooper and Julia Wolfe
Cuts to the state and local public sector will disproportionately harm women and Black workers
Heidi Shierholz
Almost four months in, joblessness remains at historic levels: Congress must extend the extra $600 in UI benefits, which expires in a little more than two weeks
Elise Gould
Hires up, layoffs down but more economic pain is on the horizon: Policymakers must act in order to protect workers’ health and economic well-being
Elise Gould
What to watch on jobs day: A false start to the recovery
Heidi Shierholz
Nearly 11% of the workforce is out of work with no reasonable chance of getting called back to a prior job
Julia Wolfe
Expanded unemployment insurance continues to be a crucial lifeline for millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data
Josh Bivens
Cutting off the $600 boost to unemployment benefits would be both cruel and bad economics: New personal income data show just how steep the coming fiscal cliff will be
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