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/i>… See more details below
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.
"This timely, useful publication organizes and elucidates enormous amounts of data important to assessing how well 'the American economy worked to provide acceptable growth to living standards for most households. . . .' Like earlier editions, this valuable compendium of evidence from academic journals and a notable array of government data series offers a predictably sobering assessment of living standards for most households, but the narrative is accompanied by adroit presentations that meticulously document source data. . . . Highly recommended."J. Gray, Choice (July 2013)
". . . 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)
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