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The Triumph of the One Percent

crossposted from Dissent The election of Donald Trump, and the daily infliction of another huckster, ideologue, paranoid, or unrepentant one-percenter cabinet appointment, has upended the politics of inequality. The defining issue of our time, not an insignificant source of Trump’s … Continue reading

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Red Lines, Black Lives

crossposted from Dissent When Ta-Nehisi Coates’s made his influential “Case for Reparations” in the pages of the Atlantic in 2014, his focus, perhaps surprisingly, was not on slavery. It was on housing discrimination—all of the measures that, from the 1870s … Continue reading

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Right to Work (For Less)

cross-posted from Dissent The 1935 National Labor Relations Act transformed the landscape of American labor relations, establishing basic collective bargaining rights and outlawing an array of unfair labor practices. The law emboldened activists to organize across the core of the … Continue reading

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The Pension Pinch

crossposted from Dissent The American system of retirement famously rests on three legs: personal savings and assets, employment-based pensions, and Social Security. Like any tripod, the system is efficiently stable when all three legs are strong, but also vulnerable to … Continue reading

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JP MorganChase Worries about Income Volatility

crossposted from Dissent The first study from the newly established JPMorgan Chase Institute, released yesterday, offers an intriguing “big data” glimpse at economic insecurity in today’s U.S. economy. “Weathering Volatility: Big Data on the Financial Ups and Downs of U.S. … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Hits the Bulls’ Eye

Cross-posted from EPI Blog Social or labor market policies are measured by their reach, their adequacy, and their costs. By these metrics, a minimum wage increase is a slam dunk. A generation of research now demonstrates pretty decisively that markets can accommodate … Continue reading

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Declining Cities, Declining Unions

cross posted from Dissent There is an evocative episode in Wayne Johnson’s Colony of Unrequited Dreams in which a young Joey Smallwood (the novel’s real-life protagonist, who would go on to be the first premier of Newfoundland) sets out to organize railroad sectionmen in the colony’s … Continue reading

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Occupational Wages, by State

The state-level research series of the Occupational Employment Statistics provides some revealing comparisons, across states, of occupational wages.  The map shows the regional patterns with, unsurprisingly, wages generally lower in southern states and in less urbanized settings.  The “bar and … Continue reading

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The Jobs Report

crossposted from Dissent This month’s jobs report was widely celebrated for showing that—after adding 217,000 jobs in May 2014—the United States had finally returned to the December 2007 (pre-recession) level of employment. This is a useful comparative benchmark, underscoring the unusual depth … Continue reading

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The Wage Crunch in Historical Perspective

cross posted from Dissent Blog Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century merits ongoing praise for the renewed attention it has drawn to the challenge of American inequality. The decade of collaborative and comparative work on the trajectory of top incomes that it represents, … Continue reading

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