Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and previously served as an economic advisor to the Obama administration.

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Thursday, March 08, 2018
New Evidence of the Minimum Wage Doing What It’s Supposed to Do: Help Low-Wage Workers
Among the many important charts that wage analyst extraordinaire Elise Gould has in her latest update on U.S. wage trends, the one below is especially revealing. It shows the increase in real hourly earnings for low-wage workers, those at the 10 th percentile of the wage scale (meaning 90 percent...
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Monday, January 01, 2018
A New Year’s Resolution for the Media: Do Not Let Republicans Get Away With Saying ‘Reforms’ When They Mean ‘Cuts’
I have a simple request to journalists, columnist, pundits, and others writing about forthcoming efforts of Republicans to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the anti-poverty programs that make up our safety net. Call such efforts “cuts.” Do not call them “reforms,” “changes,” “overhauls...
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Monday, December 04, 2017
Two Top Republican Tax Writers Reveal Their Prejudice and Their Strategy
On Saturday, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and member of the Senate’s tax writing committee, said this about repealing the estate tax: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they...
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Friday, December 01, 2017
If You’re Against the Tax Plan, You’re a) in the Majority, and b) Not a Congressional Republican
Let me give you a sense of how unpopular the Trump/GOP tax plan is with the public. The website fivethirtyeight.com features a result showing that this plan polls worse than two previous plans to raise taxes. From the 538 article by Harry Enten: About a third of voters currently support the...
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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
An Anti-Poverty Agenda That Excludes Access to Reproductive Healthcare is Woefully Incomplete
I’ve written extensively in this column about anti-poverty policy. I’ve underscored the importance of minimum wages, work supports including child care and wage subsidies, SNAP (food stamps), housing and health care. I’ve often stressed the critical role for criminal justice reform. I never shut up...
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Friday, December 25, 2015
Did Minimum Wage Increases Really Kill 200K Jobs? Nope.
A number of folks have asked me about this article claiming that recent minimum wage increases may have “killed as many as 200,000 jobs.” In fact, based on a balanced look at the underlying data, the article could also just as easily have argued that these increases did not kill 200,000 jobs. Let...
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Monday, November 03, 2014
Full Employment: The Recovery’s Missing Ingredient
Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen gave a speech a few weeks ago that was doubly unusual. First, she provided a welcome and trenchant analysis of inequality, focusing on the stagnant income and wealth of middle- and low-income families relative to the top few percent. For the nation’s chief...
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