Labor Market

How to Raise the Minimum Wage, If You Must Share This

Samuel Hammond | Feb 23, 2021 | Economics

Let’s peg the federal minimum wage to state median wages.

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When Does a Labor Economist Ask for a Raise? Share This

Oren Cass | Jan 28, 2021 | Labor Market

Little persuasion happens in 280-character snippets, but people willing to explain their thinking and answer each other’s questions can still accomplish a lot by clarifying their views and identifying the underlying sources of disagreement. So I was delighted yesterday when the Cato Institute’s Alex Nowrasteh took the time to walk me through his understanding of […]

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Salary Bands and the Truth about Wages Share This

Michael Lind | Dec 11, 2020 | Labor Market

How are wages set in the United States? The standard neoclassical economic model asserts that the wage reflects the marginal revenue for the firm produced by the worker. In a defense of welfare payments that compensate for low wages for workers in The Week, James Pethokoukis invokes this theory: … [E]conomics won’t be ignored. If […]

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Notes Toward a Supreme Oligarchy Share This

R. R. Reno | Oct 28, 2020 | American Tradition

Most of us are fixed on November 3. This is understandable. Elections are important, and this one seems more important than most. But I live in New York City. As I walk to work each day, my mind does not dwell on Trump or Biden. I go past closed hotels and empty office buildings. At […]

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Let Workers Enjoy the Fruits of their Productivity Gains Share This

Marshall Auerback | Oct 05, 2020 | Labor Market

Amber and David Lapp have written movingly about the current plight of America’s workers (here and here). The commodification of labor that they describe is not new by any means. Over the last 40 years, inequality has mounted, and workers in turn have seen their quality of life eroded, as their income share of GDP […]

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Refocusing Labor Policy to Unleash the American Worker Share This

Ted Budd | Sep 22, 2020 | Labor Market

American workers are the backbone of this country. In the wake of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to remove barriers burdening the American worker. On Capitol Hill, the Republican Study Committee’s American Worker Task Force has proposed bold new solutions that would empower our nation’s workers […]

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What’s the best way to help low-income workers? Automate low-income jobs. Share This

Rob Atkinson | Sep 05, 2020 | Labor Market

As we celebrate Labor Day, reducing unemployment and getting the COVID-impacted economy back to some semblance of normality is clearly the top economic task. But when that is done the economy will still face a critical labor market problem: too many workers earning too little. A recent Brookings study found that 44 percent of American […]

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The Gig Economy Is Paving the Road to Serfdom Share This

Marshall Auerback | Aug 23, 2020 | Labor Market

The tech industry buzzword “gig” has distracted society from important questions about the gig economy that are surprisingly traditional: whether a business has employees or contractors, and how it can avoid payroll taxes and legal liability. Countless Silicon Valley business models have been built under the guise of gigs. Uber and Lyft are two of the best-known cases, […]

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How We Do the Work Is As Important As Where We Do It Share This

Marshall Auerback | Jul 07, 2020 | Labor Market

Repatriating supply chains to home shores has become an increasingly fashionable topic in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the rationale is to ensure that adequate redundancy and resiliency are built into our economies, even at the cost of “just in time” inventory accumulation practices (which have prioritized short term profitability at a […]

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A Note of Introduction Share This

Oren Cass | May 04, 2020 | Announcement

Welcome to American Compass. Our mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity. Many of the most insightful and creative policymakers, researchers, and pundits on the American right-of-center, and some on the left-of-center as well, are dedicating tremendous intellectual energy toward […]

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