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Policy Papers


CEPR Briefing Papers

Bridging the Gaps: A Picture of How Work Supports Work in Ten States
October 2007 (with Randy Albelda)

Strengthening the Middle Class: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women (Testimony)
April 24, 2007

Social Inclusion in the United States
April 2007 (with Natalie Branosky, Shawn Fremstad, Rachel Gragg and Margy Waller)

Perspectives on Work/Family Balance (Testimony to the EEOC)
April 17, 2007

Understanding Low-Wage Work in the United States
March 2007 (with Shawn Fremstad, Rachel Gragg, Margy Waller)

Book Review: "Selling Women Short"
October 2006

Tag-Team Parenting
August 2006

Impact of Proposed Minimum-Wage Increase on Low-income Families
December 2005 (with John Schmitt)

Are Women Opting Out? Debunking the Myth
November 2005

Student Debt: Bigger and Bigger
September 2005

NELP and CEPR: Clearing the Path to Unemployment Insurance for Low-Wage Workers
August 2005 (with Andrew Stettner and Jeff Wenger
)

Gender Bias in the Current Economic Recovery?: Declining Employment Rates for Women in the 21st C.
August 2005 (with David Rosnick and Dean Baker
)

No Way Out: How Prime Age Workers Get Trapped in Minimum Wage Jobs
May 2005

Finding the Better Fit: Receiving Unemployment Insurance Increases Likelihood of Re-employment with Health Insurance
April 23, 2005, CEPR/EPI (with Jeffrey Wenger
)

Family-Friendly Policies: Boosting Mothers' Wages
April 2005

When Done Right, Work Supports Work: Medicaid and Mothers' Employment and Wages
March 2005

Social Security: The Most Important Anti-Poverty Program for Children
March 2005

The Effects on Employment and Wages When Medicaid and Child Care Subsidies are No Longer Available
January 2005

Analysis of the Upcoming Release of 2003 Data on Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance
August 2004 

Plunging Employment: Blame Mom?
June 2004 (with Dean Baker)

Working Moms and Child Care
May 2004 (with Joseph Wright)

For Welfare Reform to Work, Jobs Must Be Available
April 2004 (with David Rosnick)

Improving Access to Health Insurance
April 2004 (with Marya Murray Diaz)

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States
April 2004 (with Joseph Wright)

Workers Receiving Employer-Provided Health Insurance
April 2004 (with Joseph Wright)

Access to Employer-Provided Health Insurance as a Dependent
April 2004 (with Joseph Wright) 

Public Vs. Private Health Insurance
April 2004 (with Joseph Wright) 

Hard Times in the New Millennium: The Fate of Youth in the Bush Years
November 2003 (with John Schmitt)

UI is Not a Safety Net for Unemployed Former Welfare Recipients
December 2003 (with Jeffrey Wenger)

Jobs Held by Former Welfare Recipients Hit Hard by Economic Downturn
September 2003 (with David Rosnick)

Who Cares? The Child Care Choices of Working Mothers
May 2003

The Debt Explosion Among College Graduates
April 2003


Selected Works From Before 2003

'Baby Panic' Book Skews Data, Misses Actual Issue Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, July 2002.

Do Career Women Trade Away Motherhood?Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, June 2002.

Staying Employed After Welfare: Work Supports and Job Quality Vital to Employment Tenure and Wage Growth Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, June 2002.

Former Welfare Families Need More Help: Increased Hardships Await Those Making Transition to Workforce Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, April 2002.

A New Approach to Measuring Poverty: Testing the Reliability of Hardship Measures Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, October 2001 (with Bethney Gundersen).

Just Barely Making It: Hardships Experienced after Welfare, Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, June 2001 (with Bethney Gundersen).

Last Hired, First Fired: Job Losses Plague Former TANF Recipients Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, 2001.

Coming up Short: Current Unemployment Insurance Benefits Fail to Meet Basic Family Needs Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, 2001 (with Jeffrey Wenger).

Step Up, Not Out: The Case for Raising the Federal Minimum Wage for Workers in Every State, Washington, DC: Economic Policy Institute, 2001 (with Jared Bernstein and Edie Rasell).

Talking about the Challenge of Moving from Welfare-to-Work: An Analysis of Focus Group Sessions New York, NY: New York City Housing Authority Research Report, 1999.

Workfare, Welfare, and Jobs: An Educator’s Guidebook New York, NY: Urban Justice Organizing Project, 1997. Co-authored with Michelle Billies, Heidi Dorow, Maureen Lane, Andy Pollack, and Karen Yau.

 

Books

The State of Working America, 2002 (with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Hardships in America: The Real Story of Working Families, 2001 (with Chauna Brocht, Bethney (Noelle) Gundersen, and Jared Bernstein).

Political Economy and Contemporary Capitalism: Radical Perspectives on Economic Theory and Policy. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000. Co-edited with Ron Baiman and Dawn Saunders.
* Awarded Choice magazine’s “Best Academic Title,” 2000.

Gender and Political Economy: Incorporating Diversity into Theory and Policy. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997. Co-edited with Ellen Mutari and William B. Fraher.

 

Book Chapters

"Inequality and Household Economic Distress in the USA," in Flat World, Big Gaps: Economic Liberalization, Globalization, Poverty and Inequality . K.S. Jomo and Jacques Baudot, eds. Zed Books, 2007 (with Christian Weller).

"What the Numbers Mean," in Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences. James Gardner and David A. Smith, eds. New Press, 2006 (with Christian Weller).

“The Long Economic Downturn of the New Century,” in Welfare, the Working Poor and Labor. Louise Simmons, ed. Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe Publisher, 2004 (with Robert Cherry).

“A Vision for Reauthorization: An Examination of Hardships Among American Families” in Welfare Reform: Where Have We Been, Where are We Going? Sanford Schram, ed. Bryn Mar College, 2002.

“The Political Economy of Employment Inequality: Job Access and Pay Differentials,” in Political Economy and Contemporary Capitalism: Radical Perspectives on Economic Theory and Policy. Ron Baiman, Heather Boushey, and Dawn Saunders, eds. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.

“Rethinking Full Employment: Unemployment, Wages, and Race,” in Commitment to Full Employment: Macroeconomics and Social Policy in Memory of William Vickrey. Aaron Warner, Mat Forstater and Sumner Rosen, eds. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.

“Macroeconomic Performance and Labor Market Discrimination,” in Power, Employment, and Accumulation: Essays in Honor of David Gordon. Jim Stanford, Lance Taylor, and Ellen Houston, eds. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.

“Exclusionary Practices and Glass-Ceiling Effects Across Regions: What Does the Current Expansion Tell Us?” in Prosperity for All? The Economic Boom and African Americans. Robert Cherry and William Rogers, eds. New York: Russell Sage, 2000 (with Robert Cherry).

“Embracing Discrimination? The Interaction Between Low-Wage Labor Markets and Policies in Aid of the Poor,” in Gender and Political Economy: Incorporating Diversity into Theory and Policy. Ellen Mutari, Heather Boushey, and William Fraher, eds., Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997.

“Introduction to Feminist Political Economy,” in Gender and Political Economy: Incorporating Diversity into Theory and Policy. Ellen Mutari, Heather Boushey, and William Fraher, eds. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997 (with Ellen Mutari).

 

Journal Articles

"Has Growing Inequality Contributed to Rising Household Economic Distress?," Review of Political Economy, 20 (1): 1 - 22, January 2008 (With Christian E. Weller).

"Opting Out? The Effect of Children on Women's Employment in the United States," Feminist Economics, Vol. 14 (1): 1 - 36, January 2008.

"No Way Out: How Prime Age Workers Get Trapped in Minimum Wage Jobs," WorkingUSA, Vol. 8: 659–670, December 2005

The Economic Boom and Women: Issues of Race, Education, and Regionalism,” National Women’s Studies Association Journal, (with Robert Cherry), Vol. 15 (1): 34-53, Spring 2003.

“Workers lose again: Recessions and a shredded safety net may deliver increased hardships,” Working USA, Vol. 6 (3): 35-54, Fall 2002 (with Robert Cherry).

“Reworking the Wage Curve: Exploring the Consistency of the Model Across Time, Space, and Demographic Group,” Review of Political Economy, 14 (3): 293-312, July 2002.

“ ‘This Country is Not Child or Woman Friendly’: Talking about the Challenges of Moving from Welfare to Work,” Journal of Poverty, Vol. 6 (2): 81-116, 2002. 

“Is ‘Comparable Worth’ Worth It? The Potential Effects of Pay Equity Policies in New York,” Regional Labor Review, Vol. 3, Fall 2000.

“The Economic Contribution of David M. Gordon,” Review of Political Economy, Vol. 9 (2): 225-46, April 1997 (with Steve Pressman).

 

Book Reviews 

“The Promise of the Living Wage Campaign.” New Labor Forum, Spring 2005.

“The Poverty of Work: Review of David Shipler, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, and Eileen Appelbaum, Annette Bernhardt, and Richard J. Murnane, eds. Low-Wage America: How Employers are Shaping Opportunity in the Workplace. ” Working USA, Volume 8(1): 104-9, Fall 2004.

“Review: The Betrayal of Work and The Two-Income Trap,” Challenge, Vol. 47(1): 107 –13.

“Review: Does Jane Compute? Preserving Our Daughters' Place in the Cyber Revolution,Beta Online, May 1999. 

 

Testimony    

Wal-Mart: Always Low Prices Means Always Low Wages
Testimony at a congressional field hearing, Are Americans Shopping Themselves Out of a Job?: A Closer Look at the Wal-Mart Business Model. Sept. 19, 2005

Testimony before the Committee on Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions of the U.S. Senate, "The needs of the working poor: Helping working families make ends meet.” February 14, 2002.

Testimony before the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the U.S. House of Representatives, "The Effects of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act on Working Families.” September 20, 2001.