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Economic Policy Institute

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

EPA Rules: Show Me the Money

Michael Green | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Michael Green

How successful are EPA rules? The report found that for every dollar we spend on environmental and health protections, we get back ten dollars in health, environmental, and economic benefits that add up to make all of our lives richer.

Don't Believe the Naysayers: The STEM Skills Shortage Is Real

Linda Rosen | Posted 07.01.2013 | Technology
Linda Rosen

The EPI report concludes that U.S. colleges and universities award more than enough STEM degrees to fill STEM jobs. That may be true, but it doesn't lessen the urgency of the skills shortage. Why?

Bait and Switch, CEO Style

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The rich snicker as the vast majority of Americans are so distracted they don't focus on record corporate profits, on record low corporate tax payments or on lobbyists buying tax breaks for corporations and loopholes for offshore accounts.

Joy Resmovits

Should We Be Focusing Education Policy On Rich Students?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.01.2013 | World

NEW YORK -- Lawmakers should be more careful when using international test scores to drive education policy, argues a pair of researchers in a new pap...

Mind the Gap!

Jack Jennings | Posted 02.18.2013 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why have politicians and others decided to ignore the research and use defective systems to make major decisions about retaining teachers or determining their pay? Why are we not "minding the gap"?

Pulling the Plug on Job Training Undermines Our Global Competitiveness

National Council of La Raza | Posted 02.09.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The fate of Latino workers is not just a Latino concern -- it is an American concern. According to the BLS, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce will be Latino by 2050. It is in our national interest to ensure that Latinos are able to contribute to our economic prosperity.

Thanksgiving Food Stamp Use To Hit Record

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business

A record number of Americans will be using food stamps to get by this Thanksgiving. About 42.2 million Americans are using food stamps this Thanks...

New Report Shows Green Job Growth

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 10.17.2012 | Green

Job growth is one of the most important issues of the 2012 election, and a recent report suggests that continued investment in green jobs could be a b...

The One Percent Is HOW MUCH Richer Than You Are?

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business

The rich are getting even richer as most other Americans fall behind. Households in the wealthiest one percent were 288 times richer than the media...

Cut the Pentagon Budget, Not Social Security and Veterans' Benefits

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It's not only on the tax side that Romney-Ryan budget policies favor the 1%, but also on the spending side. The majority of federal discretionary spending is now eaten up by the Pentagon budget.

Want To Close The Income Gap? Here's An Idea

Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

Looking for a way to close the gap between the rich and poor? Give boosting union membership a shot. The dramatic rise in inequality has correspon...

Sen. James Inhofe Seeks to Destroy Landmark EPA Ruling

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.18.2012 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

For parents and health administrators who thought that 2011 had ended in a victory for clean air, 2012 is yielding a new surprise from an elected representative who is determined to put a stranglehold on the EPA.

CEO Pay Absolutely Exploding Compared To That Of Workers

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.04.2012 | Business

It's good to be chief executive. American CEOs saw their pay spike 15 percent last year, after a 28 percent pay rise the year before, according to...

Apple's Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Apple presides over a global technology empire, but the economic landscapes it shapes around the world are strangely uneven. As long as corporations can freely cross national boundaries, workers' rights should be just as global.

Kicking Underdogs When They're Down

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

At a time of dwindling union membership, at a time when labor union participation is so small as to be nearly negligible, state legislatures across the country are taking up right-to-work (for less) laws that will further decimate union ranks.

America's Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Although conservative candidates revel in ridiculing Western Europe, America could learn crucial economic lessons from Germany, which maintains trade surpluses, including one with China in auto parts.

Last Year's Jobs Gains Helped Those Hit Hardest By Recession

AP | By DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 01.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- For many people whose job prospects faded most during the recession, 2011 brought a small dose of relief. When unemployment was surging...

Calling Progressive Economists Into the Public Square

David Coates | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
David Coates

It is the moment for all of us with the requisite skills to make a sustained contribution to the creation of a progressive economic consciousness in contemporary America. If we do not, and if we do not do it quickly, then heaven help us all after November 2012!

Facing Low Salaries, Teachers Take To Moonlighting

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education

MIAMI — By day, Wade Brosz teaches American history at an A-rated Florida middle school. By night, he is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. ...

Teachers Are Behind Private Sector Peers On Cognitive Measures And Overpaid, Report Says

The American Independent | Mikhail Zinshteyn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education

A new report published by two conservative think tanks argues the cognitive ability of teachers is on average lower than private sector workers with s...

Federal Government Downsizing Slowing Economic Recovery

AP | BY TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it – by default. Crippled by ...

What Mitt Romney Can Teach James O'Keefe About Ratf**king

Dan Mirvish | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Dan Mirvish

If James O'Keefe is serious about his "ratf**king" efforts (as Nixon's Don Segretti called it), he'll do well to remember that it doesn't take much more effort to register a domain name anonymously.

Sam Stein

James O'Keefe's Newest Target Appears To Be A Small, Progressive Economic Think Tank

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Among members of Washington D.C.'s think tank community, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is known as a den for unbending liber...

Cities Where Black Unemployment Is Rising Fastest

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

Of all demographic groups in the United States, the black community has been hit hardest by the unemployment crisis. Indeed, the percentage of current...