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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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The Trump Administration is Trying to Take Away the Rights of Millions of Americans to Get Paid for Their Overtime
This morning, the Trump administration filed a “ Request for Information ” in an effort to weaken or kill the badly-needed update to the overtime pay rule. Back in 1975, President Gerald Ford’s Labor Department set the level at which workers could be exempt from overtime to the equivalent of about...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Top CEOs Took Home 271 times More Than the Typical Worker in 2016
In CEO pay remains high relative to the pay of typical workers and high-wage earners , EPI President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures—tracking the value of both stock options realized and stock options...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
Promising Job Growth After Slowness This Year, but Wage Growth Still Disappoints
Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the economy added 222,000 jobs in June, with upward revisions of 47,000 to prior months. This brings average payroll employment growth to 180,000 in 2017 so far. The level of jobs growth this year has been a bit softer than the average we...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017
Trump Administration is Siding with Financial Advisers Over Workers Saving for Retirement
By opening a Request for Information on the Fiduciary Rule , the Department of Labor is siding with financial advisers over workers saving for retirement. The Labor Department does not need more information about the conflict-of-interest or Fiduciary Rule; they need to fully implement and enforce...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Even One Unpaid Sick Day Puts Low-Wage Workers’ Economic Security at Risk
New EPI research finds that taking unpaid sick days can costs low-wage workers their basic needs. Only 27 percent of private sector low-wage workers have access to paid sick days, compared to 87 percent of the highest paid workers in the private sector. EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould and Research...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
EPI Policy Center Strongly Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act
T he decision by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) today to raise interest rates for the third time in six months is a clear mistake, even judged against the Fed’s too-conservative 2 percent inflation target . The price index for “core” personal consumption expenditures (an index excluding...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
CHOICE Act Would Make Future Financial Crises More Likely
T oday’s passage of the Financial CHOICE Act is a terrible decision by the House of Representatives. If it were to be passed by the Senate and become law, this bill would make future financial crises more likely and more damaging. It would strip away protections against American households being...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
EPI Policy Center Strongly Opposes the Regulatory Accountability Act
I n a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Services and Government Affairs , Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas of the EPI Policy Center expressed their opposition to S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), and urged senators to vote against the proposal. The RAA is...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Employers Steal $15 Billion a Year From Workers By Paying Less Than the Minimum Wage
A new paper by EPI Senior Economic Analyst David Cooper and Research Assistant Teresa Kroeger finds that employers steal billions of dollars from American workers’ paychecks each year, causing harm for working families, taxpayers, and the U.S. economy. While wage theft is difficult to measure and...
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
The Progressive Caucus Budget is the Road Map to a More Equal Economy
An EPI Policy Center analysis of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s The People’s Budget: A Roadmap for the Resistance , a budget alternative for fiscal year 2018, shows that the budget would raise incomes and put the United States on a path to a fairer, more equal economy. The fiscal boost...
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