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Daily Archives: March 21, 2014

Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013

“This report presents highlights and statistical tables of minimum wage workers in 2013. The data are obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a national monthly survey of approximately 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Information on earnings is collected from one-fourth of the CPS sample each month.The CPS does not include questions on whether workers are covered by the minimum wage provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or by individual state or local minimum wage laws. The estimates of workers paid at or below the federal minimum wage are based solely on the hourly wage they report (which does not include
overtime pay, tips, or commissions). For more information on concepts and definitions of minimum wage data, see the technical notes section at the end of this report.”

Expansive Survey of America’s Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities

News release: “The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years. The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) from the 2011-12 school year was announced by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S.Continue Reading

Possible Elimination of FR and CFR indexes

Via GOVDOC-L – “Please see the following message from Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations for AALL, and contact her if you have any examples to share. “Hi Advocates—Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reported out the Federal Register Modernization Act (HR 4195). The bill, introduced the night before the mark up,Continue Reading

World Wide Web Timeline

Pew – “Since its founding in 1989, the World Wide Web has touched the lives of billions of people around the world and fundamentally changed how we connect with others, the nature of our work, how we discover and share news and new ideas, how we entertain ourselves and how communities form and function. The timeline isContinue Reading

Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market?

Are the Long-Term Unemployed on the Margins of the Labor Market? Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University & NBER; Judd Cramer, Princeton University; David Cho, Princeton University. March 2014. “This paper explores the plausibility of a unified explanation for the recent shifts in the price and real wage Phillips Curves and Beveridge Curve in the U.S.: namely, that the long-term unemployed,Continue Reading

Paper – Taxes and Inequality

“This paper by Leonard E. Burman reviews historical trends in economic inequality and tax policy’s role in reducing it. It documents the various reasons why income inequality continues to rise, paying particular attention to the interplay between regressive and progressive federal and state taxes. The report also considers the trade-off between the social welfare gains thatContinue Reading

Brookings – The Wealthy Hand-to-Mouth

The Wealthy Hand-to-Mouth. Greg Kaplan, Princeton University, NBER, and IFS; Giovanni L. Violante, New York University, CEPR, NBER, and IFS; Justin Weidner, Princeton University “The wealthy hand-to-mouth are households who hold little or no liquid wealth (cash, checking, and  savings accounts), despite owning sizable amounts of illiquid assets (assets that carry a transaction cost, such as housing or retirementContinue Reading

UN World Youth Report 2013

“The United Nations 2013 World Youth Report offers a broad understanding of the situation of young migrants from the perspective of young migrants themselves. The report highlights some of the concerns, challenges and successes experienced by young migrants based on their own lives and told in their own voices. The report focuses largely on theContinue Reading