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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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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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Union Workers Are Paid 11.2% More and Have Greater Access To Health Insurance and Paid Sick Days Than Their Nonunion Counterparts
A new report by the Economic Policy Institute discusses the importance of unions and workers’ collective action in establishing an equitable economy, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The authors find that unionized workers earn on average 11.2% more in wages than nonunionized peers (...
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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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