Lawrence Mishel

Lawrence Mishel is a distinguished fellow at EPI after serving as president from 2002–2017

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Workers protest against the failure from their employers to provide adequate protections in the workplace of the Amazon delivery hub on National May Day Walkout/Sickout by workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Innstacart and Shipt amid the Covid-19 pandemic on May 1, 2020, in Hawthorne, California. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Over Last 30 Years, Wages for Top 1% Soared by 160% While Wages of Bottom 90% Actually Went Down
Newly available wage data tells a familiar story: In every period since 1979, wages for the bottom 90% were continuously redistributed upwards to the top 10% and frequently to the very highest 1.0% and 0.1%. For last year, 2019, the data show a continuation, with annual wages rising fastest for...
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Top 1.0% of Earners See Wages Up 157.8% Since 1979
Newly available wage data for 2018 show that annual wages for the top 1.0% were nearly flat (up 0.2%) while wages for the bottom 90% rose an above-average 1.4%. Still, the top 1.0% has done far better in the 2009–18 recovery (their wages rose 19.2%) than did those in the bottom 90%, whose wages...
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Following the bill’s passage, a number of corporations made conveniently-timed announcements that their workers would be getting raises or bonuses. (Photo: @zacjanderson/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Further Evidence That the Tax Cuts Have Not Led to Widespread Bonuses, Wage or Compensation Growth
One of the leading arguments for the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has been that it will raise the wages of rank-and-file workers, with congressional Republicans and members of the Trump administration promising raises of many thousands of dollars within ten years. The Trump administration’s...
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