Ben Zipperer

Ben Zipperer is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. His areas of expertise include the minimum wage, inequality, and low-wage labor markets. He has published research in the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and has been quoted in outlets such as the New York TimesThe Washington Post, Bloomberg, and the BBC.

Articles by this author

"It is clear that the stimulus payment and UI expansions in March dramatically reduced poverty during the initial months of the pandemic," writes Zipperer. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Over 13 Million More People Would Be in Poverty Without Unemployment Insurance and Stimulus Payments
It is often underappreciated how effective public safety net spending and social insurance programs are in reducing poverty. Even in normal years, tens of millions of people are kept out of poverty only because of these programs. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, the importance of...
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A comprehensive policy solution would be to extend Medicare and Medicaid to all those suffering job losses during the pandemic period, with the federal government funding this expansion.(Photo: NNU/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 30, 2020
12.7 Million Workers Have Likely Lost Employer-Provided Health Insurance Since the Coronavirus Shock Began
Since the economic fallout of the coronavirus shock began in early March, the number of workers laid-off or furloughed—as measured by new claims for unemployment insurance (UI)—has skyrocketed. We have used data from states that track UI claims by industry to get a rough estimate of how many...
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An estimated 24.4 million workers filed for unemployment benefits from March 15 through April 18. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Unemployment Filing Failures
Millions of the newly jobless are going without benefits as the unemployment system buckles under the weight of new claims, according to our new national survey, conducted in mid-April. For every 10 people who said they successfully filed for unemployment benefits during the previous four weeks:...
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