Category Archives: Inequality

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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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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Jobs Gained and Lost, 1995-2014

cross posted from CEPR Blog This graphic below traces almost twenty years (January 1995 to February 2014) of gains and losses in US manufacturing, finance, and public employment. Job growth (or loss) is indexed, with three choices for a base … Continue reading

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The Spread of Right to Work, 1943-2014

Interactive map of Right-To-Work adoption. From “The Union Difference: Labor and American Inequality,” Dissent (March 2014) Learn About Tableau

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Benchmarking the Minimum (update)

This chart updates the one I did with John Schmitt a year ago, benchmarking the minimum to key productivity measures.  For an excellent discussion of the background issues, see John’s article in Democracy.  For a fuller discussion of the minimum … Continue reading

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Growing Together, Growing Apart

cross-posted from EPI, Working Economics Blog The September release of the Census Bureau’s income and poverty numbers (and I link to them here only to remind us all that the federal shutdown has made the unavailable) add one more data point to … Continue reading

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The One Percent, 1913-2012 (annotated)

cross posted from CEPR This graphic adds an annotated political history to the iconic (and recently-updated) Piketty and Saez data on top income shares in the U.S. The events and legislative landmarks listed here are representative rather than exhaustive. And they … Continue reading

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McRecovery

crossposted from Dissent The August jobs report was unremarkable, both for the middling numbers (169,000 new jobs in August and downward revisions to the June and July reports) and for the continuation of a couple of troubling trends. Unemployment ticked down a … Continue reading

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Blue Collar Mortgages

One of the simplest and starkest measures of growing inequality lies in the juxtaposition of blue collar earnings with costs of sustaining a middle-class standard of living. Wages for most Americans and incomes for most American families have slipped or … Continue reading

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The Arc of Inequality

crossposted from Dissent If pressed to reduce the last century of economic history into one graphic, I would go with something like this. The blue line traces the rise and decline of organized labor since the end of the First … Continue reading

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