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Recent Op-Eds and Columns

Minimum Wage: Catching up to Productivity

John Schmitt
Democracy, June 12, 2013


The Bogus Case Against the Minimum Wage Hike
Dean Baker and John Schmitt
Salon, January 4, 2012


San Francisco Becomes First in Nation with Minimum Wage (and the Sky Isn't Going to Fall)
John Schmitt
, December 30, 2011

A Growing Disparity
John Schmitt
The Debate Room (Bloomberg), October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gets What the 'Very Serious People' Have Missed for 30 Years
John Schmitt
AlterNet, October 6, 2011

Obama's Jobs Council, Stacked with Business Honchos, Offers Nothing But Political Theater
John Schmitt
AlterNet, July 5, 2011

There's a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Deal With a Jobs Crisis — Why Is Germany Doing It So Well?
John Schmitt
AlterNet, May 30, 2011

Our Economic Pain Is Coming from Big Industry CEOs, Not Public Employees' Unions
John Schmitt
AlterNet, February 23, 2011


After a Three-Decade-Long Social Experiment in Incarceration, What Do We Have to Show For It?
John Schmitt and Kris Warner
Nieman Watchdog, June 8, 2010


"Buy Keynesian"
John Schmitt
Alternet, February 15, 2009


Prepare to Suffer
John Schmitt
BusinessWeek, October 16, 2008

Are You Better Off? Reagan vs. Carter, and Obama vs. McCain
Dean Baker and John Schmitt
TPMCafé (Talking Points Memo), October 14, 2008

Unions: Ensuring Social Justice for African Americans
John Schmitt and Dean Baker
AFL-CIO Point of View, April 2, 2008


Unions Improve Jobs at the Bottom
John Schmitt and Shawn Fremstad
Policy Innovations, November 29, 2007

The Real Economic Crisis
Dean Baker and John Schmitt
The Guardian Unlimited, October 14, 2007

Union Busting is Big Business
John Schmitt and Ben Zipperer
Topeka Capital Journal, July 6, 2007


Vive Les Jeunes
The American Prospect, June 2006 (with David Howell)


A Marshall Plan for the Gulf Coast
Topeka Capital-Journal (KS), October 22, 2005


Lessons for the IMF:
Sometimes efficiency is not the best measure

International Herald Tribune, September 30, 2004

Head to Head: Flexible working is necessary for
countries to compete effectively in the global market? No

RSA Journal, July 2004, p. 17 (with Jonathan Wadsworth).


Low-tech proves its worth in jobs creation race
The Guardian (London), September 24, 2001


Demand drives US jobs success
The Guardian (London), September 4, 2000

The Rise and Fall of Job Training
The American Prospect, August 28, 2000

The Upside of Unemployment Insurance
The American Prospect, July 31, 2000

Minimum Wage Careers
The American Prospect, March 27-April 10, 2000

Health Care and the Entrepreneurial Spirit
The American Prospect, March 13, 2000

The old business cycle has not yet been licked
The Guardian (London), February 12, 2000


Waiting for the Hangover
Chicago Tribune, September 6, 1999.
(Also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Baltimore Sun, and 28 other Knight-Ridder newspapers.)

The Wrong Lesson From America
The Guardian (London), August 30, 1999

Leisure for All
Boston Review, Summer 1999, pp. 20-21
(with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein)

Dizzy Dow leaves US feeling low
The Guardian, January 18, 1999, p. 19.


An Evaluation of the G7 Economies in the 1990s
Challenge, November-December 1998, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 39-59
Lawrence Mishel)

Rip-roaring success for reregulation
The Guardian, May 4, 1998, p. 17.

Dismantling the Myth of the 'New' American Economy
WorkingUSA, September-October 1998, pp. 8-24
(with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein)


The Sky Hasn't Fallen: An Evaluation of the Economic Impact of the October 1996 Increase in the Minimum Wage
WorkingUSA, September-October 1997, pp. 81-91
(with Jared Bernstein)


The State of American Workers
Challenge, November-December 1996, pp. 33-42
(with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein).

Out of Date on the Minimum Wage
Washington Post, June 5, 1996, p. A23 (with Jared Bernstein).

Behind the Numbers: Cooked to Order
The American Prospect, May-June 1996, pp. 82-85.


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