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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Monday, September 11, 2017
Federal Public Investment is the Most Efficient Way to Finance Infrastructure
In a new report , EPI budget analyst Hunter Blair finds that the state and local governments have taken a larger role in infrastructure spending, even though it is often more efficient for the federal government to lead the way. In 2015, 77 percent of public spending on transportation and water...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Progressive Cities are Raising Their Labor Standards, But Conservative State Legislatures Are Preempting Them
A new repor t by EPI Associate Labor Counsel Marni von Wilpert analyzes the recent wave of preemption laws that have swept across the country in the last decade. State governments use preemption laws to supersede city or county laws, or prevent local governments from legislating in certain areas at...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Corporations Pay Between 13 and 19 Percent in Federal Taxes—Far Less Than the 35 Percent Statutory Tax Rate
As the GOP push to pass “tax reform” starts to heat up, policymakers will debate whether the corporate tax rate is too high or too low. A standard but misleading talking point for those wishing to give more tax breaks to corporations is that the United States has one of the highest statutory rates...
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
The Persuader Rule Would Have Shined a Spotlight on the Union-Avoidance Industry – but the Trump Administration is Rescinding It
In a new comment submitted to the Department of Labor, EPI Associate Labor Counsel Marni von Wilpert argues that the “Persuader Rule,” which is designed to add transparency to union elections by requiring companies to disclose when they hire professional union busters, should not be rescinded. Von...
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Consumers Fare Better Under Class Actions Than Arbitration
Many financial institutions use forced arbitration clauses in their contracts to block consumers with disputes from banding together in court, instead requiring each consumer to argue their case separately in private arbitration proceedings. Recently, members of Congress introduced legislation to...
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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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