Archive for March 2011

City Minimum Wages

Four US cities have minimum-wage laws that raise the bottom of the local labor market above the prevailing state or federal minimum. David Rosnick and I have a new report (pdf) out that examines the employment impact of the first three of these citywide laws, in San Francisco (2004), Santa Fe (2004), and Washington, DC […]

Deconstructing Structural Unemployment

Kris Warner and I have entered the fray (pdf) around “structural unemployment.” According to some economists, the current high level of unemployment is “structural”  in that it reflects supply-side bottlenecks in the economy. Employers would like to hire, but workers don’t have the right skills. Employers in some states want to hire, but the unemployed […]

Winship vs. Piketty and Saez

Scott Winship has questioned Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez‘s widely used data on US economic inequality. Their data show inequality declining sharply from the 1930s through the 1970s, and then increasing substantially between the 1970s and the 2000s. The Piketty and Saez data (.xls) are particularly valuable because they cover almost a full century (from […]

Sweatshop-free clothing

Kris Warner has passed on these links where you can find sweatshop-free clothing: Justice Clothing 11:11 Wear the Change Free2Work SweatFree Communities UnionLabel Autonomie Project The Union Boot Pro FairDeal Trading Blackspot Shoes Peta’s Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing United Students Against Sweatshops Worker Rights Consortium

Today’s Jobs Numbers

If I were only allowed to have one labor-market graph, these days I think it would be this one. Paul Krugman said it well earlier today: “been down so long it looks like up to me.”

Rug pulled out from under private-sector workers

Conservatives have tried to argue that the problem state and local governments face is that the public-sector employees have used union power to pull away from the rest of us. What has really happened over the last 30 years is almost the opposite. Since the end of the 1970s, the policy changes that got into […]