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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

If a Bubble Bursts in Palo Alto, Does It Make a Sound?

If a Bubble Bursts in Palo Alto, Does It Make a Sound?
Silicon Valley’s isolation from the rest of the economy guarantees it can’t hurt us (or help us) much.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:19 AM


The Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs

The Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs
A majority of the pay differential between men and women comes from differences within occupations, not between them, according to a Harvard labor economist.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:10 AM


US Chamber of Commerce Study Investigates Agencies' Support for Workers Centers

New Study Investigates Agencies' Support for Workers Centers
A new report by the U.S. Chamber’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) examines the increasingly important role “worker centers” are playing in union pressure campaigns against employers, and how government agencies are making subtle changes in labor law to empower groups that lack majority representation. 

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:47 AM


Did NAFTA Help Mexico? An Assessment After 20 Years

Did NAFTA Help Mexico? An Assessment After 20 Years



A new CEPR paper compares the performance of the Mexican economy with that of the rest of the region over the past 20 years, based on the available economic and social indicators, and with its own past economic performance. It finds that Mexico has experienced lagging growth, persistent poverty and increased unemployment.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:01 AM


The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color

The Benefits of Increasing the Minimum Wage for People of Color
If the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians would see an increase in total wages of $16.1 billion.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:58 AM


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Citing Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance

Citing Costs and Risks, Many Skip Health Insurance
Americans who have chosen to be uninsured cited cost, frustration and ideology as some of the reasons they sat out the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:37 AM


The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest
The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:30 AM


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Report says blacks, Latinos losing economic ground

Report says blacks, Latinos losing economic ground

African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. http://iamempowered.com/soba/2014/home


# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:14 AM


Unemployment Malaise Lingers in Euro Zone

Unemployment Malaise Lingers in Euro Zone
While the jobless rate ticked higher in France and set a record in Italy, it stood at 11.9 percent in the wider 18-nation currency bloc, unchanged from January’s revised figure.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:11 AM


Out of Work, Out of Benefits, and Running Out of Options

Out of Work, Out of Benefits, and Running Out of Options
Short-term unemployment has fallen to its prerecession level, but long-term unemployment remains more than twice as high as it was in 2007.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:08 AM


A Union Aims at Pittsburgh’s Biggest Employer

A Union Aims at Pittsburgh’s Biggest Employer
The Service Employees International Union is trying to organize service workers at the 22 hospitals in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in an effort to raise their salaries.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:07 AM


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Can You Live on the Minimum Wage?

Can You Live on the Minimum Wage?
More than 4.8 million workers now earn the lowest legal pay. This calculator shows the hard choices that have to be made living on the smallest paychecks.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:34 AM


Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Health Law Is Projected to Shrink Labor Pool by Millions

Health Law Is Projected to Shrink Labor Pool by Millions
With the expansion of insurance coverage, more workers will choose not to work and others will choose to work fewer hours than they might have otherwise, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:13 PM


Monday, January 13, 2014

When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level

When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level, Edited by Michael Reich, Ken Jacobs, and Miranda Dietz
When Mandates Work
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Starting in the 1990’s, San Francisco launched a series of bold but relatively unknown public policy experiments to improve wages and benefits for thousands of local workers. Since then, scholars have documented the effects of those policies on compensation, productivity, job creation, and health coverage. Opponents predicted a range of negative impacts, but the evidence tells a decidedly different tale. This book brings together that evidence for the first time, reviews it as a whole, and considers its lessons for local, state, and federal policymakers.

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# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:03 PM


Monday, December 16, 2013

UC reaches tentative labor deal

UC reaches tentative labor deal
The University of California has reached a tentative labor agreement with three unions that together represent more than 12000 technical ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:06 AM


Why Are Americans Staying Put?

Why Are Americans Staying Put?
Economic mobility and geographic mobility have been closely linked for much of American history, so economists find it troubling that migration rates have been in decline lately.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 7:54 AM


Raising the Minimum Wage: Old Shibboleths, New Evidence

Raising the Minimum Wage: Old Shibboleths, New Evidence
The evidence is clear that a higher minimum wage would reduce poverty, increase consumer spending and have scant impact on employment, an economist writes.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 7:52 AM


How Should We Solve the Government Pension-Fund Crisis?

James Surowiecki: How Should We Solve the ... - The New Yorker
'Tis the season for taking retirement benefits away from public workers. In Detroit, an emergency manager has steered the city into bankruptcy, in part to avoid its ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 7:50 AM


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