Research Roundup

Sep 17, 2010

Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee - This Economic Policy Institute analysis demonstrates that state and local public employees are under compensated. On average, state and local government workers receive 3.75 percent less compensation than comparable private sector employees. On top of that, the benefits public employees receive do not offset the lower wage rate.

Sep 10, 2010

Recession Hits Workers’ Paychecks: Wage growth has collapsed - Wages are growing at less than half the rate they were before the recession, according to this Economic Policy Institute report. The report recommends providing fiscal relief to states to preserve government and private-sector jobs, while raising the minimum wage.

Aug 26, 2010
Export Nation: How U.S. Metros Lead National Export Growth and Boost Competitiveness - This Brookings Institution analysis of US exports of goods and services produced in America’s 100 largest metropolitan areas shows how exports will help secure our economic future.  The report also includes the export profiles for each of the 100 largest metro areas, including the impact of exports on the economic environment of each large metro area (growth rates, most significant export markets, jobs supported, wages earned, and particular industry clusters for each metro), and the contribution of each metro to the total US export mix.
Aug 19, 2010

Quick Credit: The Fringe Economy, the Great Recession, and the Welfare State - This New America Foundation paper looks at the rapid growth of the fringe economy—financial service offerings including check-cashing and payday lenders—and its impact on low- and moderate-income families.  Many families waste their social service benefits on high-interest loans and often fall victim to abusive lending practices.

Jul 08, 2010

Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences - An Urban Institute study finds that 49 percent of American babies born into poverty will be poor at least half of their childhood and are more likely to drop out of high school, have teen births out of wedlock, be poor between the ages of 25 and 30 and have more difficulty with employment, as compared to those not born into poverty.