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May 27, 2014
By Carter C. Price,

The aftermath of wage collusion in Silicon Valley

The settlement is in—some of Silicon Valley’s biggest and most influential technology companies late last week agreed to pay $324.5 million to settle a class-action law suit brought by their employees alleging collusion to suppress their wages.  After an anti-trust investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in September of 2010.  The companies […]

May 13, 2014

Senator Marco Rubio’s retirement plan

Exploring whether and how wealth inequality and economic growth are linked is central to Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century,” but that’s probably not the reason Sen. Rubio is championing the Thrift Savings Plan option as a policy tool to fight wealth inequality. Nonetheless, the Florida Republican is firmly in today’s Piketty zeitgeist with his new policy proposal.

April 29, 2021
By Equitable Growth,

Equitable Growth’s second annual academic research report

An update on what we’ve learned from our funded academic research and the new questions we seek to answer The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For 7 years, our grant program has supported […]

October 20, 2017
By Nick Bunker,

Weekend reading: tax “reform” edition

This is a weekly post we publish on Fridays with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is the work we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope […]

August 8, 2014

Weekend Reading

Recovery from the Great Recession Neil Irwin finds five sectors to blame for the slow recovery from the Great Recession. [the upshot] Dean Baker does a similar exercise and finds a different story. [beat the press] Structural or cyclical? What’s driving the increase in part-time employment? [atlanta fed] Innovation Ben Cassleman says don’t believe the […]

April 16, 2020

Webinar: Fighting the coronavirus recession and the path forward

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth hosted a virtual lecture on Wednesday, May 13 led by Claudia Sahm, director of macroeconomic policy at Equitable Growth, who discussed promising research ideas that support a robust response to fight the coronavirus recession, as well as longer-term efforts to ensure a more resilient U.S. economy in the years […]

November 2, 2016
By Nick Bunker,

Business taxation, retained earnings, and measuring income inequality

Over the past 30 years, business income has moved away from traditional corporations and toward pass-through entities, such as partnerships. This shift means more and more business income is taxed solely through individual tax filings instead of in conjunction with corporate income tax. Clearly, this trend bears examination for how the federal tax system should tax business income, but it also leads to questions about how economists and policymakers measure income inequality in the United States.

January 16, 2019
By Austin Clemens,

Progress toward consensus on measuring U.S. income inequality

A panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association earlier this month in Atlanta highlighted recent research on the measurement of income and inequality in the United States. Research that is purely about measurement is relatively uncommon in academic circles, but income measurement has attracted widespread interest for good reason: Rising inequality […]

July 17, 2019
By Korin Davis,

Equitable Growth launches quarterly Working Paper Digest

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today launched a new quarterly newsletter, the Equitable Growth Working Paper Digest, dedicated to informing readers about several of the working papers we’ve released on our website over the previous three months. Equitable Growth’s Working Paper Series has been going strong for more than three years. We’ve released nearly […]

June 11, 2018
By Nick Bunker,

Why macroeconomics should further embrace distributional economics

Ten years ago, some of the failings of macroeconomics models were made quite bare as the Great Recession ripped through the global economy. Economists were—and continue to be—criticized because their models seemed to lack any sort of connection to reality. Yet in one critical area, those charges don’t stick these days. Macroeconomists are increasingly not missing out on one of the biggest trends in the U.S. economy: high levels of income and wealth inequality.