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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Thursday, April 08, 2021
The Erosion of Collective Bargaining Has Cost Middle-Wage Workers Thousands of Dollars Each Year
A new EPI report finds that the erosion of collective bargaining lowered the median hourly wage by $1.56, a 7.9% decline from 1979 to 2017 . These losses from deunionization are the equivalent of $3,250 annually for a full-time, full-year worker. The decline hit men the hardest given they were more...
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Wages Grew in 2020 Because Low-Wage Workers Experienced the Brunt of the Job Losses
Wages grew historically fast in 2020 primarily because over 80% of the 9.6 million net jobs lost in 2020 were held by the lowest 25% of wage earners, according to a new EPI report . Meanwhile, the highest-wage workers gained nearly a million jobs, skewing average wages upward. Overall, less than 75...
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Thursday, February 11, 2021
EPI Applauds the Reintroduction of the Fair Act
Today, the House of Representatives introduced the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act which eliminates forced arbitration in employment, consumer, antitrust, and civil rights disputes. Under current law, employers are allowed to require workers to sign arbitration agreements to resolve...
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Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 Would Have Direct and Significant Fiscal Effects
A new report from EPI economist Ben Zipperer, senior analyst David Cooper, and director of research Josh Bivens estimates that by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025—and eliminating the tipped minimum wage—government expenditures on major public assistance programs would fall by between...
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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
EPI Applauds the Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act
Today, Congress introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2021 , which will raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, indexes it to median wages to protect against future erosion, and phases out the harmful $2.13 subminimum wage for tipped workers. This critical policy would lift wages for...
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Congress Must Urgently Provide $3 Trillion of Fiscal Relief to Stop the Economic Bleeding and Build a Strong Recovery
A new policy memo by EPI Director of Research Josh Bivens recommends Congress provide debt-financed fiscal support of $2 trillion between now and the middle of 2022, and then continue support on the order of $400 billion annually between then and the end of 2024, with a slow phaseout of this aid...
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
50 Ways the Trump Administration Has Eroded Workers’ Rights While Bolstering Corporate Power
A new EPI report provides a comprehensive review of the Trump administration’s 50 most egregious attacks on working people as part of a pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda since President Trump took office. The authors begin with recent actions and extend back to the beginning of Trump’s presidency,...
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Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Major Challenges To U.S. Students and Their Teachers—and Exacerbates Existing Education Inequities
A new report by EPI economist Emma García and research associate Elaine Weiss reviews pre-pandemic education literature and data that has emerged during the pandemic to look at how students’ learning and development and teachers’ instruction could be affected by the distance-learning necessitated...
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Wednesday, September 09, 2020
EPI Applauds Judge’s Decision on Joint-Employer Rule
Statement by Heidi Shierholz, Senior Economist and Director of Policy at EPI: Yesterday, a federal judge in New York struck down most of the joint-employer rule that was issued by the Trump Department of Labor (DOL). The challenge to the rule was brought by 18 state attorneys general , led by New...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12 Million People Have Likely Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Since February
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and shock to the economy, job losses have been consistent with roughly 6.2 million workers losing access to health insurance that they previously got through their own employer. This is the finding in a new paper by EPI Director of Research Josh Bivens and...
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