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Has Inequality Driven a Wedge Between Productivity and Compensation Growth?

The charts used to demonstrate the supposed breakdown obscure the reality that productivity and hourly compensation continue to track each other. There are six rules for getting this depiction correct.

5 reasons Janet Yellen shouldn’t focus on income inequality

Since 1970, income inequality has increased for a number of reasons that should not concern Janet Yellen.

Shoddy Union Study Doesn't Add Up to Higher Minimum Wage

A misleading new report by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers concludes that sexual harassment in the restaurant industry is especially prevalent among women earning the hourly “tipped wage” of $2.13. ROC’s solution: eliminate the tipped wage and raise the minimum wage to “give all workers greater personal agency, creating a safer and more equitable workplace.”


Though the Affordable Care Act is projected by CBO to cost nearly $1.5 trillion over the coming decade, it is important to keep in mind that the Act’s most serious costs might be found not in its price-tag, but in its labor market effects. 

Obama Sets A Low Bar to Champion Success

U.S. presidents running for reelection are fond of asking voters if they are better off now than they were four years ago. President Barack Obama, who is not running for anything except the exit, has adapted this campaign device—but in a way that does little to commend the policies put in place by his administration. ​

Federal Employees Spent 3.4 Million Hours Working for their Unions

A new report issued by the Office of Personnel Management on Monday shows that in fiscal 2012, 1.2 million federal workers spent 3.4 million hours reporting to their government unions. Paradoxically, time spent not working for the taxpayer is called “official time.” OPM reports that official time costs taxpayers $157 million in salary and benefits, up from $129 million in 2009 and $102 million in 2006.

Creator of Chart of Doom Defends Chart Badly and Casts Aspersions

If you are going to accuse someone of cherry-picking data, you want to make sure your case is pretty solid. In particular, you don’t want to criticize them for being anti-empirical when your underlying case is based on an elementary methodological error related to basic math. Like Pavlina Tcherneva has done.

Read more... aspires, famously, to “explain the news” to its non-junkie readers. Matt Yglesias has written a response to my essay on inequality trends that is simply a bad-faith effort to discredit a set of facts he doesn’t like. He is not explaining the news, he is doing the opposite.

A Wake-Up Call for Public Pension Systems

A new study from Moody’s Investors Service, the bond credit rating business, reports that the level of unfunded liabilities for the 25 largest state and local U.S. public pensions is now more than $2 trillion. The gap is more than three times higher than it was just a decade ago.


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