Overtime Pay: A Lifeline for the Overworked American

THIS summer the Department of Labor is expected to introduce new rules to restore overtime pay to millions of Americans — rules that require no congressional approval. From the fearful protests coming from Republican leadership, you’d think the sky was falling. “This mandate on employers will hurt the lowest paid American workers the most, by […]

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Since 2013, the federal reserve board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.” Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn […]

This may be the most important chart for understanding politics today

There is nothing Donald Trump hates more than losers, but, statistically-speaking, that is what his supporters are. Now, I don’t mean to sound so harsh. I don’t think Trump’s supporters are “losers” in the same sense he uses the word—seemingly anyone who didn’t have an eight-figure inheritance to, a couple of corporate bankruptcies aside, turn into a […]

The fastest growth in wage inequality between men happened in 2015

In my new paper on trends in wages in 2015, I discuss the resurgence of the growth in inequality. The main story of 2015 wage trends is that they were very unequal—so much so that the fastest growth in wage inequality between men happened in 2015. Wage inequality can be measured in a number of […]