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News Coverage Dec 11, 2017

BBC: Who are the poor Americans?

“Of those living in poverty, the 2016 figures show that there are about 13.3 million children - 18% of those under the age of 18. As the population has aged, the number of over-65s in poverty has increased to 4.6 million but, at 9%, the poverty rate is lower than for those of working age (18-64). It is this working-age group which provides perhaps the most striking picture, with nearly 23 million - or almost 12% - living in poverty. The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution has been exploring this puzzle.”

News Coverage Dec 8, 2017

Econofact: What Happened To Women’s Rising Participation in the Workforce?

“The increase in the share of women in the workforce over the second half of the 20th century was enough to offset the declining labor force participation rate of men, which has been steadily falling for more than 60 years. The percentage of women ages 16 and up that are either in the workforce, or are actively looking for work, increased substantially in the United States — rising from 37 percent in 1962 to 61 percent by the year 2000 (see here for our detailed [Hamilton Project] report).”

News Coverage Nov 20, 2017

USA Today: How a few small investments can lower your water bill

The median monthly water bill in the U.S. falls at about $34.50, LaFrance said, but that number can vary widely from region to region or even city to city. According to a study from the economic research group The Hamilton Project, water bills can range anywhere from $25 to $70 in major cities. But, when it comes to saving, the rules are universal: be conscientious. Water conservation and saving money go hand and hand.

News Coverage Nov 8, 2017

The New York Times: Why the U.S. Needs a Federal Jobs Program, Not Payouts

The federal jobs program I’ve described doesn’t have the intuitive simplicity of the universal basic income. But it serves critical purposes that the basic income doesn’t and should be an integral part of a broad-based agenda to address rapidly changing economic conditions. Adopting a federal jobs program could enhance our work force and increase our nation’s output while providing people with the self-worth and economic opportunity that work can provide.

News Coverage Nov 1, 2017

Real Clear Markets: Removing Barriers to Female Labor-Force Participation

Women’s labor force participation and the quality of women’s labor market opportunities are dual objectives, both contributing to economic growth. Working within this framework, The Hamilton Project’s recent book, entitled The 51%: Driving Growth through Women’s Economic Participation, put forward policies to both increase women’s labor force participation and improve their economic outcomes.

News Coverage Oct 26, 2017

Slate: I’m Sandwiched Between Elder and Child Care—and I’m Not Alone

A report from the Brookings Institute and the Hamilton Project finds the cost of care to blame for a steady drop in the number of adults who are employed or looking for a job. More than 70 percent of those surveyed in their study said that caregiving kept them out of the workforce. Too often caregivers, who predominantly are women, have to leave their jobs because the burden of family care is not affordable or sustainable. And they often neglect their own health and personal needs.

News Coverage Oct 26, 2017

The Washington Post: Trump was an election surprise. Expect more.

There is no reason to think, with continued income weakness, that we will not see a similarly discontented electorate in upcoming elections — including because the Trump administration, like its recent predecessors, will not have delivered better household economics. Which suggests volatile voting behavior again. And with a right-wing candidate having won the presidency last year, and voters often seeking the opposite in the next election, don’t be surprised if a distinctly left-wing candidate takes the White House in 2020. President Sanders, anyone?

News Coverage Oct 24, 2017

Harvard Business Review: Why Wages Aren’t Growing in America

The majority of Americans share in economic growth through the wages they receive for their labor, rather than through investment income. Unfortunately, many of these workers have fared poorly in recent decades. Since the early 1970s, the hourly inflation-adjusted wages received by the typical worker have barely risen, growing only 0.2% per year. In other words, though the economy has been growing, the primary way most people benefit from that growth has almost completely stalled.

News Coverage Oct 23, 2017

Pacific Standard: How expanding the EITC would benefit working-class Americans

And at a policy forum last week at Stanford University, a group of experts reminded us of some of those reforms. The forum, co-hosted by the Hamilton Project,, and the Stanford Law School, focused on increasing economic opportunities for women; many of the policy proposals released in conjunction with the event are focused on the kinds of things that are perceived as "women's issues," but of course affect all Americans across the income spectrum: encouraging female labor force participation, increasing the economic security of older women, investing in child care, and establishing a paid parental leave program.

News Coverage Oct 9, 2017

The Washington Post: Why aren’t wages growing more quickly? A graphical analysis.

Such disinvestment shows up in my final figure, from a must-read new study on the wage problem from the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project. The figure shows the persistent fall-off in labor’s share of income, which predated the last recession. Tightening labor markets have helped to stop the fall, but again, if the job market were really that tight, I’d expect to see this metric climbing back up. 

News Coverage Sep 24, 2017

The Wall Street Journal: Real Wages Keep Powering Ahead, but Can the Trend Last?

In the past decade, real-wage growth has been stronger than during the economic cycles of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, according to a paper the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project released Sunday. Inflation-adjusted wages have increased at a 0.82% annual rate since the recession began in late 2007. In contrast, real wages declined in the 1980s, and rose at 0.71% and 0.31% rates, respectively, in the cycles of the 1990s and early 2000s

News Coverage Sep 8, 2017

The Nation: Unemployment Statistics Don’t Take Into Account People Who Have Given Up on Finding a Job

The millions who don’t show up in the statistics are often overlooked or dismissed because they’re not employed or job seeking. But a fresh analysis by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project reveals why a growing portion of “non-labor-force participants” are deciding work isn’t worth it. Why would anyone, after all, deliberately abandon the one activity that, above all, defines an American’s social status? These individuals seem to have opted out, but often it is the labor system that is turning away from their communities.