In the absence of more jobs, heroic assumptions about educational improvement are likely to deliver only modest economic benefits.
John Schmitt is Research Director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. He has written extensively for both academic and popular audiences on economic inequality and labor-market issues, including the minimum wage, unions, unemployment, technological change, work-life balance, and other topics. Schmitt previously worked as a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and as an Economist for the Economic Policy Institute. He has also been a consultant for national and international organizations including the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Labor Organization, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America. Schmitt has co-authored (with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein) three editions of “The State of Working America” (Cornell University Press) and co-edited (with Jerome Gautie) “Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World” (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). His writing has appeared in The American Prospect, The Boston Review, Challenge, Democracy, Dissent, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post. Schmitt was a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Centroamericana “Jose Simeon Cañas” in San Salvador, El Salvador, and since 1999 has been a visiting professor at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.