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Bonnie Kavoussi
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Bonnie Kavoussi is a master's student in applied economics at the University of Michigan. She previously was an economics reporter at The Huffington Post, where she worked between 2011 and 2013. She has also written for the Boston Globe, the New York Observer, and the San Antonio Express-News. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied history and economics.

When she has the time, Bonnie blogs at and can be followed on Twitter at @bkavoussi.

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We Still Are Our Jobs, But No Longer By Choice

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 11:57 AM

This post originally appeared on Bonnie Kavoussi's blog.

Simon Kuper writes in the Financial Times that because of "the economic crisis and technological change," we are no longer our jobs. He argues that since workers have lost so much leverage, they often can no longer choose...

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9 Middle-Class Jobs That Have Declined At A Disturbing Pace

(606) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 11:14 AM

It is getting harder to find a job that can support a middle-class lifestyle.

That's because the recession and the subsequent recovery have been particularly harsh on the middle-class jobs, which, by our definition, have a mean wage of more than $26,588 per year, the median income for...

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Young College Graduates Are $3,200 Poorer Than They Were In 2000: EPI

(993) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Recent college graduates trying to make it on their own have truly been living through a lost decade.

Young college graduates are making less money than they made in 2000, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. Those working full-time for the entire year made...

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7 Corporations That Are Freaking Out About Obamacare

(625) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:36 PM

It's no secret that Obamacare, otherwise known as the 2010 Affordable Care Act, has inspired fear among many of the most vocal business leaders.

That alarm is largely based on a couple of new rules set to go into effect next year -- chief among them that

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Here Are The Effective Tax Rates Of 17 Companies Pressuring Congress To Cut Corporate Tax Rates

(258) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 6:48 PM

Many big companies are complaining about their tax bills again, but some of them appear to not be paying all that much to begin with.

The top leaders of 19 companies, along with two trade groups, signed a letter sent to Congressional leaders on Monday claiming that the...

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Retail Salesperson, The Most Common U.S. Worker, Earns Just $25,310 Per Year On Average: BLS

(996) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 10:21 AM

America's most common job just doesn't pay very well.

Roughly 4.3 million Americans worked as retail salespeople as of last May, according to data released by the Labor Department Friday. On average, those working the country's most common job make just $25,310 per year, far less...

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Popeyes President: Employees May Decide To Work Part-Time In Response To Obamacare

(9123) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Popeyes, a popular fast food chain, expects some of its employees to voluntarily cut their own hours in order to try to sidestep a fee under the Affordable Care Act, but doing so would not let workers avoid that cost.

The health care law, known as Obamacare, will require Americans...

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Walmart's CEO Paid 1,034 Times More Than The Median Walmart Worker: PayScale

(1402) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Meet Mike Duke, king of the CEO-to-worker pay ratio.

The Walmart CEO gets paid 1,034 times more than the median Walmart worker, according to a new analysis by PayScale, a salary information website.

Duke, who raked in $23.15 million last year,...

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Popeyes President Unconcerned About Obamacare, Says Health Insurance 'Just Not Affordable'

(1096) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Popeyes and Wendy's aren't too worried about Obamacare's impact on their bottom lines, but the reason for their calm may rest on a faulty assumption.

The two fast food chains expect a significant number of their employees to pay Obamacare's penalty rather than enroll in the company-sponsored plans mandated by...

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284,000 Uninsured Veterans May Miss Out On Medicaid Coverage If 25 States Reject Expansion: Study

(228) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Republican governors' decision to reject expanding Medicaid under Obamacare isn't just a political loss for President Barack Obama. It also will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of uninsured veterans to access health insurance.

In total, 284,000 poor uninsured veterans who would have qualified for Medicaid under...

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Ford Ad Mockups Lead To Firings At JWT In India

(172) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:46 AM

The ad agency responsible for the Ford ad mock-ups that caused an uproar last week has fired some of the employees involved.

The website Ads of the World reportedly posted several Ford ad mock-ups online last week, including one depicting former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with three...

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Paul Krugman: 'Cyprus Should Leave The Euro. Now.'

(1248) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Paul Krugman says Cyprus needs the abandon the euro immediately in order to save its economy.

"Cyprus should leave the euro. Now," the Nobel Prize-winning economist wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

The New York Times columnist wrote that starting a new, cheaper currency would allow Cyprus'...

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Matt Taibbi: JPMorgan Hearings Showed That 'We Have Absolutely No Idea What's Going On' At Banks

(363) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 4:09 PM

If there's been one positive result of the largest U.S. bank grappling with $6.2 billion in trading losses, perhaps it's everyone else learning how little we truly know about these massive institutions.

Matt Taibbi recently told Sam Seder's Majority Report that a Senate committee's recent...

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Payroll Tax Hike Goes Unnoticed By Half Of Americans: Survey

(417) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 11:59 AM

The payroll tax hike may not be derailing the economic recovery after all.

Forty-eight percent of Americans did not even notice the Jan. 1 payroll tax hike, according to a survey released Monday by Bankrate, a personal finance website. Another 7 percent of Americans said that the tax...

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Most U.S. Companies To 'Impose Consequences' On Employees Who Don't Try To Improve Health: Survey

(833) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:14 PM

Most companies plan to create policies in line with an Obamacare provision that will let companies charge employees more in penalties if they don't participate in company wellness programs, a new study has found.

Altogether, 58 percent of companies "plan to impose consequences" on employees...

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Bankers Still Get Paid Far More Than Most Workers, But Pay Gap Is Narrowing: Report

(50) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Being a banker just isn't quite as good as it used to be.

The gap between what bank employees make and what other private-sector workers earn is getting smaller, according to new research by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Financial Times. According to the research, bankers...

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Half Of Americans Want To Break Up Banks That Are Too Big To Fail: Poll

(279) Comments | Posted March 23, 2013 | 9:01 AM

If the American people had their way, big banks may not stay so big much longer.

According to a new poll by Rasmussen Reports, 50 percent of Americans want the government to break up the country's big banks. Only 23 percent of Americans oppose breaking up big banks,...

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Ikea Horse Meat Controversy Hurts Company's Reputation: Analysis

(20) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:44 PM

The old adage that any publicity is good publicity may not quite hold true for Ikea.

According to a new analysis, the furniture maker has seen its reputation take a serious hit since recalling Swedish meatballs and wiener sausages from most of its European...

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Income Inequality May Be The New Normal, Study Finds

(610) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 1:01 PM

If you're poor, you have a smaller chance of getting rich now than in the 1980s, a new study suggests.

The study, released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, found that the spike in U.S. income inequality between 1987 and 2009 was mostly due to long-lasting changes in household...

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Paul Krugman: Conservatives Hate The Idea Of Policy That Helps The Economy

(1884) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Paul Krugman says that Republican ideology is holding the economy back.

"People of conservative politics hate hate hate the idea of any kind of activist government policy to help the economy," the Nobel Prize-winning economist wrote in a blog post for the New York Times on Wednesday.


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