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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Uber Drivers Earn the Equivalent of $9.21 in Hourly Wages
In a new paper, EPI Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel uses newly available administrative data to calculate the hourly pay earned by Uber drivers, as well as the scale of Uber relative to the overall economy . Mishel’s estimates show that driving for Uber is very low paying, and that the scale...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Teachers Across the Country Have Finally Had Enough of the Teacher Pay Penalty
Following West Virginia’s lead, teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are walking out and demanding change, while teachers in Arizona are considering doing the same. Some teachers say students who participated in the March for Our Lives actions across the country inspired them to speak up . But the...
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Monday, April 02, 2018
51 Economists Sign Letter to Congress in Support of Robust Funding for the 2020 Census
51 prominent economists have signed an open letter to Congress, released today, in strong support of robust funding of the 2020 census to ensure a fair and accurate count of the U.S. population. Signatories include four Nobel Prize winners, five past presidents of the American Economic Association...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Secretary Acosta Went to Great Lengths to Bury DOL’s Analysis Showing His Tip Rule is Bad For Workers
L ast December, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket their workers’ tips. In a highly unusual move, DOL did not provide an estimate of the dollar amount of tips that would be shifted from workers to employers as a result of the rule—...
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