Category Archives: Employment

News Coverage: Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.

News Coverage: Matthew Desmond, Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not., N.Y. Times, Sept. 11, 2018.

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New Blog Post: How I survive: American teachers and their second jobs – a photo essay

New Blog Post: Peter Rad & Erum Salam, How I survive: American teachers and their second jobs – a photo essay, TheGuardian.com. Sept. 5, 2018.

New Book: The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation

sawmillNew Book: Isabel Sawhill, The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation (2018). Overview below:

A sobering account of a disenfranchised American working class and important policy solutions to the nation’s economic inequalities

One of the country’s leading scholars on economics and social policy, Isabel Sawhill addresses the enormous divisions in American society—economic, cultural, and political—and what might be done to bridge them. Widening inequality and the loss of jobs to trade and technology has left a significant portion of the American workforce disenfranchised and skeptical of governments and corporations alike. And yet both have a role to play in improving the country for all.

Sawhill argues for a policy agenda based on mainstream values, such as family, education, and work. While many have lost faith in government programs designed to help them, there are still trusted institutions on both the local and federal level that can deliver better job opportunities and higher wages to those who have been left behind. At the same time, the private sector needs to reexamine how it trains and rewards employees. This book provides a clear-headed and middle-way path to a better-functioning society in which personal responsibility is honored and inclusive capitalism and more broadly shared growth are once more the norm.

New Blog Post: The emerging plan to save the American labor movement

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New blog post: Dylan Matthews, The emerging plan to save the American labor movement, Vox.com, Sept. 3, 2018.

News Coverage of Poverty: Teacher pay drops 5% in last decade – despite better qualified staff

News Coverage: Erin Durkin, Teacher pay drops 5% in last decade – despite better qualified staff, TheGuardian.com, Sept. 5, 2018.

Useful interactive tool: Work Requirements Tracker

Useful interactive tool: Work Requirements Tracker from the Urban Institute.

New Op-Ed: Capitalism, Socialism, and Unfreedom

New Op-Ed: Paul Krugman, Capitalism, Socialism, and Unfreedom, NYTimes.com, August 26, 2018.

News Coverage: A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”

News Coverage of Poverty: Jennie Neufeld, A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”, Vox.com, Aug. 21, 2018.

News Coverage of Poverty: America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states

News Coverage: German Lopez, America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states, Vox.com, August 17, 2018.

“Incarcerated Americans are often forced to work for cents an hour. So they’re launching what could be their biggest protest ever.”

News Coverage of Poverty: New York City cracks down on Uber and other ride-hailing apps

News Coverage of Poverty: