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John Schmitt


Expertise:Economic inequality, unemployment, U.S./Europe labor economics and the welfare state, unions


John Schmitt is a senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. 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. He has worked as 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 most recently co-edited (with Jerome Gautie) Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). His writing has appeared in The American ProspectThe Boston ReviewChallenge, Dissent, The GuardianThe International Herald TribuneThe Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines.

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.

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