Elise Gould

Elise Gould is director of health policy research at the Economic Policy Institute.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Unions Help Narrow the Gender Wage Gap
Tuesday, April 4th is Equal Pay Day— the day that marks when a typical woman’s earnings catch up to what a man earned in the previous year. The gender wage gap is a measure of pay disparity between men and women. The research is conclusive: gender wage gaps exist across the wage distribution and...
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
It’s Time We Acknowledge Women’s Contributions to the Economy
Women hold 49.5 percent of payroll jobs. The health of the female workforce is hugely important to the health of the overall labor force. And yet—in crucial ways—lawmakers in the United States have avoided commonsense policy changes that have been shown to make it easier for women to balance paid...
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Friday, September 04, 2015
Why a Pro-Worker Agenda is an Anti-Poverty Agenda
Labor Day is a time to honor America’s workers and their contributions to our economy. It is also a time to reflect upon the state of workers’ economic position, and how that position has faltered in recent decades. Except for a short period of across-the-board wage growth in the late 1990s, 2015...
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Sunday, February 22, 2015
A Glimmer of Positive News: Wages Rose for Bottom 10 Percent (Unlike for Everybody Else)
In a report released this week, I found that 2014 continued a 35-year trend of broad-based wage stagnation. Real, inflation-adjusted hourly wages stagnated or fell across the board, with one notable, glimmer of positive news: Unlike the rest of the wage distribution, wages actually increased at the...
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Rally To Raise The Minimum Wage, Herald Square, Manhattan, 24th October 2013 (Credit: The All-Nite Images/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Want to Fight Poverty? Raise US Wages
Broad-based wage growth—if we can figure out how to achieve it—would dwarf the impact of nearly every other economic trend or policy in reducing poverty. Even in 2010, the bottom fifth of working age American households relied on wages for the majority (56%) of their income. When you add in all...
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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Inequality Is the Main Cause of Persistent Poverty
I couldn’t agree more with Paul Krugman’s blog post this morning when he says, “the main cause of persistent poverty now is high inequality of market income.” We looked at precisely this question in the latest edition of State of Working America .
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
In Light Of Census Numbers, Cutting SNAP Would Be Irresponsible
The Census released its annual income and poverty report this week, which, among other highlights, calculates the number of people who are kept out of poverty by various government assistance programs.
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