Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

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Friday, March 17, 2017
Trump Delay of the 'Fiduciary Rule' Will Cost Retirement Savers $3.7 Billion
Today, Economic Policy Institute Senior Economist and Director of Policy Heidi Shierholz submitted a comment opposing the proposed delay of the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule,” which requires financial professionals to act in their clients’ best interests when recommending investment...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Andrew Puzder's Record is a Mockery of What the Department of Labor Stands For
Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hear testimony from Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee to be secretary of labor. At his hearing, committee members should demand an explanation for Puzder’s many public statements about labor laws—and his record of...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The Progressive Caucus Budget Blueprint Increases Public Investments to Target Full Employment and Faster Productivity Growth
An EPI Policy Center analysis of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s The People’s Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity, a budget alternative for fiscal 2017, shows that if adopted, the budget would raise incomes for middle-class and low-income Americans. The fiscal boost provided by the People’s...
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wal-Mart News Shows Broad Based Wage Growth is Still Lacking
Statement from the Economic Policy Institute’s Research Director Josh Bivens on the news that Wal-Mart will slowly increase their hourly wage floor: “Wal-Mart’s statement that it will be raising wages for many of its workers is obviously welcome on its face. Yet the excitement generated by this...
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
ESEA Reauthorization Should Focus on Alleviating the Effects of Poverty on Educational Achievement
In a stateme nt released today , the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) urged Congress to make comprehensive supports for disadvantaged students the highest priority when reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). BBA is a diverse and bipartisan group prominent...
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Take at Least 1.7 Million Workers Off Public Assistance and Reduce Safety Net Spending by at Least $7.6 Billion a Year
The value of the minimum wage has been so severely eroded by inflation that businesses today are paying minimum wage workers 25 percent less than they were in the 1960s. Policymakers’ failure to raise the wage floor has contributed to decades-long wage stagnation and caused an increasing number of...
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Prominent Economists Endorse $10.10 Minimum Wage
Today, prominent economists, including 7 Nobel Prize winners and 8 former presidents of the American Economic Association, signed a letter to the president and Congress endorsing the economic benefits of raising the minimum wage to $10.10. The letter urges lawmakers to immediately enact a three-step raise of 95 cents a year for three years—which would mean a minimum wage of $10.10 by 2016—and then index it to protect against inflation.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
NAFTA’s Legacy: Growing US Trade Deficits Cost 682,900 Jobs
Former President Bill Clinton claimed that NAFTA would create an “export boom to Mexico” that would create 200,000 jobs in two years and a million jobs in five years, “many more jobs than will be lost” due to rising imports.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Budget Deal Does Little to Address the Needs of the Economy
While all the details have yet to be released, it seems clear that the budget agreement announced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Paul Ryan, which sets discretionary budget authority limits for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, will do essentially nothing to alter the disastrous trajectory that has characterized fiscal policy since 2011. I support reaching an agreement that will end the culture of periodic crises that has driven policy in recent years.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
New Report Offers More Revenue Options for Super Committee
Addressing the long-term budget deficit requires balancing spending cuts with additional revenue, especially given the singular focus on spending cuts in recent legislation. But an analysis released today by The Century Foundation and the Economic Policy Institute shows that the administration’s revenue proposals, though laudable, would nonetheless leave revenue well below needed levels. The report offers a menu of supplemental options to restore revenue adequacy.
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