Category Archives: Inequality

U.S. Health Care Is (Still) Bad and Expensive

cross-posted from Dissent Last month the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an exhaustive survey of U.S. Health Care in International Perspective, measuring the United States against sixteen peer countries (other high-income democracies) on a wide range of health outcomes. The results—summed … Continue reading

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State of the Unions

cross-posted from Dissent It hasn’t been a good year for American organized labor. Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual estimate of union membership in the United States. The graphic below summarizes the major trends, drawing on the work … Continue reading

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The Good Jobs Deficit

cross posted from Dissent The recent job actions and “Black Friday” protests at Walmart underscored the dismal wages and working conditions of many of the nation’s retail workers. Walmart hasn’t staked out some low-wage, no-benefit margin of the labor market: … Continue reading

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Them’s that Got Shall Get: Trends in Income and Wealth Distribution, 1962-2010

This graph draws on the work of Edward Wolff, particularly his excellent new NBER paper, The Asset Price Meltdown and the Wealth of the Middle Class (November 2012). The most striking numbers here are the growth in inequality over time, and the … Continue reading

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Better Pizza, Bitter Politics

cross-posted from Dissent By now it’s well known that Papa John’s Pizza CEO John Schnatter is claiming—or threatening—that compliance with the Affordable Care Act would force him to reduce employee hours or raise prices. This was one of a number of … Continue reading

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What do the Rich Do?

This graph summarizes the findings of Jon Bakja and colleagues, whose 2010 paper Jobs and Income Growth of Top Earners and the Causes of Changing Income Inequality: Evidence from U.S. Tax Return Data breaks out the major occupational categories of the very … Continue reading

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Patterns in Long Term Unemployment

We are now three years and counting into the recovery, but the unemployment picture is still grim.  The issue here is not just the unemployment rate’s agonizingly slow descent, but the continuing crisis of long-term unemployment.  Between a third and … Continue reading

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The Manufacturing Jobs Score in the States

In the context of extensive discussion of “the jobs score” under Republican and Democratic  presidents, the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and Iowa Policy Project (IPP) today released an analysis of manufacturing jobs growth (or decline) in each state across the … Continue reading

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Real Hourly Wage Growth: The Last (Lost) Generation

with Larry Mishel, cross-posted from EPI, Working Economics blog The last generation has been marked by a stark disconnect between productivity growth (up 80 percent between 1973 and 2011) and slow or stunted wage growth. The real hourly wages of … Continue reading

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Labor’s Falling Share

We often think of inequality in terms of the distribution of real wages—the long stagnation of the median, steady losses for less-educated workers, the 80th and 90th percentile pulling away from the rest. But an important backdrop to this is … Continue reading

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