EPI research refutes false assumptions behind politically inspired attacks on public education, teachers, and their unions. health care system through the lens of low- and moderate income families’ living standards, with special attention to employer-sponsored health insurance, the burden of health costs, and disparities in access and outcomes.
EPI’s research in this arena focuses on the role that public investment, regulation, and tax policy play in making the economy more sustainable and equitable. EPI proposes reforms that would allow the immigration system to to respond and adjust to the shifting needs of the U. labor market while improving wages and safeguarding labor standards for American and immigrant workers.
Unfortunately, wages for most workers grew exceptionally slowly between 19, despite productivity—which essentially measures the economy’s potential for providing rising living standards for all—rising 64 percent.
In other words, most Americans, even those with college degrees, are treading water—despite working more productively (and being better educated) than ever.
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