The State of Working Americaby Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, John Schmitt
The State of Working America, prepared biennially since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data on family incomes, wages, taxes, unemployment, wealth, and povertydata that enable the authors to closely examine the effect of the economy on the living standards of the American people. As well as providing a snapshot of working Americans at the turn of the new century, this latest edition will look behind the extraordinary job and income growth of the late 1990s to assess the quality of these new jobs, weigh the contribution of the high-tech sector in the so-called "new economy," and examine the widening gap in wages and incomes.
About the Authors:
Lawrence Mishel is the vice president and Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt are labor economists at the Economic Policy Institute. Mishel is coauthor of The Myth of the Coming Labor Shortageand coeditor of Unions and Economic Competitiveness. Bernstein is a coauthor of Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends. Schmitt is coeditor, with Mishel, of Beware the U.S. Model: Jobs and Wages in a Deregulated Economy.
". . . one of the great values of this resource is that the numbers show clearly not only the ways in which neoliberal politicians have failed to raise the standard of living for most people, but also how neoclassical economics itself is deeply flawed. . . . The State of Working America is particularly valuable because the authors give you access to the data they use: you can download most of that from their website, and they provide an extensive methodological section. But the authors do not just show you data: they give you their analysis, putting the trends into context."Stephanie Luce, Against the Current (September/October 2013)
Meet the Author
Lawrence Mishel is the president of the Economic Policy Institute and its research director from 1987 to 1999. He is the coauthor of every edition of The State of Working America.
Josh Bivens has been an economist at the Economic Policy Institute since 2002. He is the author of Failure by Design: The Story behind America's Broken Economy and coauthor of The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell.
Elise Gould is Director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute.
Heidi Shierholz is an economist at the Economic Policy Institute and coauthor of The State of Working America, 2008/2009 and The State of Working America, 12th Edition, both from Cornell.
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