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, May 12, 2020
Heroes Act Provides Critical Relief and Recovery Measures to U.S. Workers
Today, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released the Heroes Act , which would provide critical relief and recovery measures to the U.S. economy and the people and businesses in it. One of the most important features of the bill is that it would provide $875 billion in direct state and...
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Over 100 Economists Call on Congress to Take Bold Action to Stop Mass Layoffs
I n the last five weeks, over 24 million U.S. workers have applied for unemployment insurance and millions of small businesses are on the brink of collapse. As Congress considers further coronavirus relief, more than 100 prominent economists signed two letters to call on Speaker of the House Pelosi...
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Monday, April 13, 2020
More Than 180 Groups Sign On Letter Urging U.S. House and Senate Leadership to Pass $500 Billion in Unrestricted Aid to State, Territories, and Local Governments
Over 180 organizations across the United States, including the Economic Policy Institute, signed a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging them to quickly pass $500 billion in unrestricted aid to state, territories, and local governments. While the first three federal bills included vital...
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Thursday, March 05, 2020
Medicare for All Would Boost Wages, Expand Workers' Options, and Likely Create Jobs
A new report from EPI research director Josh Bivens finds that Medicare for All would bolster the labor market, strengthen economic security for millions of U.S. households, and would likely boost the number of jobs in the U.S. labor market. Opponents of a single-payer health care system have...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
CEO Compensation Has Grown 940% Since 1978
C EO pay at the top 350 firms in 2018 was $17.2 million on average, according to new analysis by EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel and Research Assistant Julia Wolfe. From 1978 to 2018, CEO compensation grew by 1008 percent; the compensation of a typical worker, meanwhile, rose just 12...
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
EPI applauds House passage of the Raise the Wage Act
Today the House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act , which would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2025, automatically update it every year after that, and phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers. This critical policy would lift wages for more than 33 million...
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
EPI Economist Testifies About Rising Economic Inequality
Today, EPI Economist Elise Gould testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on rising inequality in the United States. In her testimony, Gould argued the poor performance of American workers’ wages in recent decades—particularly the failure of workers’ wages to grow...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wage Inequality Continued in 2018
I nflation-adjusted wages grew for most workers across the wage distribution in 2018, according to a new report by EPI Senior Economist Elise Gould. Analyzing data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), Gould finds that while some workers saw modest wage growth last year, large gaps by gender,...
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 Would Give Nearly 40 million Workers a Raise
In a new report, EPI Senior Economic Analyst David Cooper shows that the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would directly or indirectly lift wages for 39.7 million workers —26.6 percent of the wage-earning workforce. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 raises the federal minimum wage in six steps to $15 per...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
EPI Supports New Legislation Banning Mandatory Arbitration in Labor and Employment Matters
Over the last several decades, more and more workers have become subject to mandatory arbitration agreements and class action waivers. When workers are forced to handle workplace disputes as individuals through arbitration, rather than being able to resolve these matters together in court, it is...
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