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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Should Not Kill Philadelphia's Earned Paid Sick Days

Eileen Appelbaum
The Huffington Post, March 19, 2015

FAMILY Act, Not Vodafone, Points Way Forward on Paid Family and Medical Leave

Eileen Appelbaum
The Hill, March 17, 2015

Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Dean Baker
Truthout, March 16, 2015

The Impact of Obamacare on the Labor Market

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, February 17, 2015

For Paid Sick Days Legislation, This Time May Be Different

Eileen Appelbaum
The Hill, February 12, 2015

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost U.S. Job Growth

Dean Baker
Fortune, January 21, 2015

Good news for the Affordable Care Act in Jobs Reports

Dean Baker
PBS NewsHour, December 8, 2014

Benefits of Obamacare: More People Are Able to Work Less

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 8, 2014

The Paid Vacation Route to Full Employment

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 1, 2014

Paying Workers Fairly for the Hours They Work

Eileen Appelbaum
The Hill, November 25, 2014

The Problem of "Stupid" in Economics

Dean Baker
Truthout, November 17, 2014

Inequality, Student Debt and Millennials

Nicole Woo
The Hill, November 12, 2014

Paid Sick Days Benefit Worker and Employer

Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman
Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 2014

Obamacare and Family Values: Parents Get to Stay Home With Children

Dean Baker
Truthout, September 15, 2014

When Will the US Catch Up to the Rest of the World on Paid Family Leave?

Nicole Woo
The Hill, August 8, 2014

Child Labor is Part of Problem of Global Race to Bottom

Mark Weisbrot
Room for Debate (The New York Times), July 16, 2014

Paid Family Leave is a New Jersey Success Story

Eileen Appelbaum
NJ.com, July 7, 2014

A Way to Better Pay, Benefits and Workplace Flexibility: Unions

Nicole Woo
The Hill, June 23, 2014

The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality

Dean Baker
Truthout, June 23, 2014

Doing for the Poor and Doing to the Poor

Dean Baker
The Huffington Post, June 16, 2014
Truthout, June 16, 2014

Tall tales about Texas

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, June 13, 2014

The Full Employment Route to Poverty Reduction

Dean Baker
Talk Poverty, June 13, 2014

Modern Rules for Modern Careers

Eileen Appelbaum and Heather Boushey
US News and World Report, April 25, 2014

Obamacare: First Fruits for Workers?

Dean Baker
Truthout, April 7, 2014

Paid Sick Days in Connecticut Not a Burden for Employers

Eileen Appelbaum
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, April 7, 2014

Achieving Full Employment Requires Job Growth in Manufacturing and a Reduction in the Trade Deficit

Susan Houseman and Dean Baker
Roll Call, April 2, 2014

An Aging Population Won't Make America Poor

Dean Baker
CNN Money, March 18, 2014

Capital in the 21 Century: Still Mired in the 19th (see correction)

Dean Baker
Huffington Post (The Blog), March 9, 2014

How Finance Gutted Manufacturing

Dean Baker
Boston Review, March 6, 2014

President Obama, the Do-Gooder

Dean Baker
Truthout, March 3, 2014

Is Obamacare Bad News for the “It’s Hard to Find Good Help” Crowd?

Dean Baker
Truthout, February 24, 2014

Corporate Cronyism: The Secret to Overpaid CEOs

Dean Baker
Truthout, February 17, 2014

North Carolina Proves Cutting Unemployment Insurance Pushes People Out of the Labor Force

By John Quinterno and Dean Baker
News Observer, February 13, 2014

The Good Jobs News on the Affordable Care Act

Dean Baker
Truthout, January 10, 2014

Weak Job Growth, but Declining Unemployment Give Mixed Picture in January

Dean Baker
Truthout, February 7, 2014

On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics

Dean Baker
American Prospect, February 6, 2014

The Attack of the Robots: Economists' Silly Fantasies

Dean Baker
Huffington Post, February 3, 2014

The False Libertarianism of the Silicon Valley Billionaires

Dean Baker
The Guardian, January 3, 2014

President Obama’s Inequality Story

Dean Baker
Truthout, January 27, 2014

Time to Retire Fears over Aging Populations

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, January 27, 2014

Five Economic Policy Changes for 2014 That Could Boost Employment and Reduce Climate Disruption

Mark Weisbrot
Fresno Bee, January 23, 2014

Action to Curb Economic Inequality and Climate Change Must Top the List

Mark Weisbrot
Chicago Tribune, January 28, 2014
Huffington Post, January 28, 2014
Arizona Daily Star/ Tuscon, January 27, 2014
Harrisburg Sunday PATRIOT News, January 26, 2014
TULSA Sunday WORLD, January 26, 2014
South Bend Sunday Tribune (IN), January 26, 2014
Salt Lake City Sunday Deseret News, January 26, 2014 
Gainsville Sunday Times (GA), January 26, 2014
Rome Sunday News-Tribune (GA), January 26, 2014
Kokomo Sunday Tribune (IN), January 26, 2014
Lawton Sunday Constitution (OK), January 26, 2014
Willmantic Sunday Chronicle (CT), January 26, 2014 
LansingState Journal (MI), January 26, 2014
Sioux Falls Sunday ARGUS (SD), January 26, 2014
Redding Record Seasrlight (CA), January 26, 2014
Wapakoneta Daily News (OH), January 25, 2014
Salinas Californian(CA), January 25, 2014
Duluth News-Tribune, January 25, 2014
Doyleston Intelligencer (PA), January 24, 2014
New Bedford Standard-Times (MA), January 24, 2014
Baltimore Sun, January 23, 2014
Orlando Sentinal, January 23, 2014
Newport News Daily News , January 23, 2014
Bradenton Herald (FL), January 23, 2014 
Bellingham Hearld (WA), January 23, 2014  
Anchorage Daily News (AK), January 23, 2014 
Fresno Bee, January 23, 2014 
Island Packet/ Hilton Head(SC) , January 23, 2014 
Beaufort Gazette (SC), January 23, 2014 
Merced Sun-Star (CA), January 23, 2014 
Modesto Bee, January 23, 2014 
Hanover Evening Sun (PA), January 23, 2014 
 McClatchy DC.com, January 23, 2014 

Larry Summers Joins the Reality-based Economics Community

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera America, January 13, 2014

The War on Poverty: Not Just a Liberal Campaign

Shawn Fremstad
PBS News Hour, January 9, 2014

How Change Takes Place in the United States: The Minimum Wage

Mark Weisbrot
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), January 6, 2014
Últimas Noticias, January 5, 2014

En español

What Can Mayor de Blasio Do?

Dean Baker
The Guardian, January 6, 2014

Twenty Years Since NAFTA: Mexico Could Have Done Worse, But It’s Not Clear How

Mark Weisbrot
The Guardian, January 4, 2014

En español

The Big Bang Theory: Is the U.S. Economy Really About to go Boom?

Dean Baker
Politico Magazine, January 2, 2014

Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 23, 2013

The End of the Assault on Social Security and Medicare

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 16, 2013

Why People with Jobs Should Want Other People to Have Them Too

Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker
PBS News Hour, December 6, 2013

Pay Retirees What They’ve Earned

Dean Baker
The New York Times, December 5, 2013

Pension Theft: Class War Goes to the Next Stage

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 4, 2013

Everyday Low Wages at Walmart: Brought to You by Government Policy

Dean Baker
Truthout, December 2, 2013

No Longer Leading: U.S. Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women's Employment

Eileen Appelbaum
Huffington Post, November 5, 2013

Leisure or Unemployment: It's a Political Question

Dean Baker
Al Jazeera English, September 1, 2013

Mother's Day Is Different This Year

Eileen Appelbaum
The Huffington Post, May 7, 2013

The GOP Ploy to Win Over Working Moms Falls Flat

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), May 1, 2013

Working Families Flexibility Act Undermines 40-Hour Workweek

Eileen Appelbaum
Congress Blog (The Hill), April 8, 2013

Profit Shares Hit New Highs, Washington Focuses on Disability

Dean Baker
Truthout, April 1, 2013

Business Attitudes Toward Paid Sick Leave Are Changing

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), March 6, 2013

After 20 Years It’s Time for Paid FMLA

Eileen Appelbaum
Economic Intelligence (U.S. News & World Report), February 4, 2013

Paid Sick Days: A Win for Employees and the Economy
Eileen Appelbaum
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, June 6, 2011

Women’s Employment in Recession and Recovery
Eileen Appelbaum
AlterNet, May 10, 2011

Paid Sick Days: Doomsday Predictions Are Wrong
Eileen Appelbaum and Candace Howes
The Hartford Business Journal, May 2, 2011

Sick Days for Healthy Recovery
Eileen Appelbaum and Lonnie Golden
The Philadelphia Business Journal, April 29, 2011

Paid Family Leave Pays Off in California
Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman
Harvard Business Review, January 19, 2011

The Budget Deficit Chicken Hawks
Dean Baker
Truthout, July 26, 2010

A Stimulus for Working Fewer Hours
Dean Baker
Room for Debate (New York Times), March 29, 2009

Health Care Reform Is Needed Now More than Ever
Mark Weisbrot  
McClatchy Tribune Information Services, February 25, 2009

Quick, What's Wrong With a Tax Cut that Shortens Work Hours?
Dean Baker
TPMCafé (Talking Points Memo), February 16, 2009

Time for Jobs: How Shorter Work Weeks / Work Years Can Be Stimulus
Dean Baker
The Guardian Unlimited, January 26, 2009

Stimulus Time: The Fierce Urgency of Now
Mark Weisbrot  
McClatchy Tribune Information Services, January 2, 2009

Obama Has the Right Medicine
Dean Baker
The Guardian Unlimited, December 8, 2008

Why Obama Has Pulled Ahead on the Economic Issues
Mark Weisbrot
Sacramento Bee (CA), October 23, 2008

Millennial Dilemma
Matt Sherman
October 16, 2008

Prepare to Suffer
John Schmitt
BusinessWeek, October 16, 2008

Employee Free Choice Act Could Be Biggest Reform Since New Deal
Mark Weisbrot
Miami Herald
, September 1, 2008

Fast Facts for Father's Day: Lone-Father Families and Economic Insecurity
Shawn Fremstad and Rebecca Ray
June 12, 2008

Own to Rent? Yes We Can!
Dean Baker
Oregon Independent, February 14, 2008

The Recession and the Freedom to Organize
Dean Baker
Point of View (AFL-CIO), February 6, 2008

Big Rate Cuts and Fiscal Stimulus: Are We "All Keynesians Now?"
Mark Weisbrot
AlterNet, January 22, 2008

Year of the Fat Cats
Dean Baker
The Guardian Unlimited, January 7, 2008

The Cost of Living
Dean Baker
The Guardian Unlimited, January 1, 2008

Edwards Comes Out on Top on the Economy
Dean Baker
CommonDreams.org, December 24, 2007

Santa Claus Comes to Wall Street
Dean Baker
Truthout, December 24, 2007

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

It Doesn't Hurt to Ask: Flexible Hours on the Job
Dean Baker
Truthout, November 26, 2007

Adjustment Assistance and Globalization: Not Much of a Deal
Dean Baker
Truthout, November 5, 2007

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

Millions of Americans in Economic Battle to Make Ends Meet
Heather Boushey
Alternet, October 13, 2007

Stop Blaming the Boomers
Dean Baker
AlterNet, September 20, 2007

Working Family Values: No-Benefit Jobs Leave Parents Struggling
Heather Boushey
Sojourners, September/October 2007

Needed for Labor Day: Something to Celebrate
Mark Weisbrot
McClatchy Tribune Information Services, August 30, 2007

Bush's Painful, Lopsided Economic 'Recovery' Continues
Heather Boushey
AlterNet, August 30, 2007

The Right to Unionize: Key to Democracy
Dean Baker
Truthout, August 27, 2007

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

Mommies Opting Out of Work: A Myth That Won't Die
Heather Boushey
AlterNet, June 9, 2007

Human Rights at the Workplace

Dean Baker and Mary Beth Maxwell
Truthout, May 29, 2007

Women Catch Up With Men's 2006 Earnings Today
Heather Boushey
AlterNet, April 24, 2007

Values Begin at Home, but Who's Home?
Heather Boushey
The American Prospect, March 2007

Rush, Rush, Rush
David Rosnick
Policy Innovations, February 2, 2007

From Welfare to Poverty

Heather Boushey and Randy Albelda
TomPaine.com, August 23, 2006

Stagnation Celebration
Dean Baker
American Prospect, July 19, 2006

Can Progressives Do Arithmetic?
Dean Baker
Truthout, July 5, 2006

Congress May Have to Raise the Minimum Wage
Mark Weisbrot
Knight-Ridder/Tribune Information Services, June 20, 2006

Opt-Out Hype
Heather Boushey
TomPaine.com, December 7, 2005

Spinning Out of Control: Making the Recession Look Good
Dean Baker and Heather Boushey
Center for American Progress website, June 4, 2004

Another Intelligence Failure at the White House
Dean Baker
San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 17, 2004

America's Hidden Human Rights Problem
Mark Weisbrot
Charlotte Observer, December 10, 2003

No Picnic: Working on Labor Day
Dean Baker and Helene Jorgensen
Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep. 2, 2002

Wall Street and Welfare: The "W" Solution
Dean Baker
July 15, 2002

New Economy Takes a Dive
Dean Baker
October 31, 2001

The World Bank's Attack on Social Security

Dean Baker
August 7, 2001

Liberals Step to Bush's Barren Beat
Dean Baker
Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2001

Candidates Ignore Poverty in Year 2000 Elections
Mark Weisbrot
Tallahassee Democrat, October 16, 2000

Great Myths and False Promises Dominate UN Summit
Mark Weisbrot
Knight-Ridder/Tribune Media Services, September 6, 2000

Verizon Workers Defend the Right to Organize
Mark Weisbrot
Knight-Ridder/Tribune Media Services, Aug. 15, 2000

Police Abuses Won't Stifle Protests
Mark Weisbrot
Philadelphia Inquirer, August 10, 2000

Rich Countries Offer Empty Promises to the World's Poor
Mark Weisbrot
Miami Herald, July 27, 2000

We Need More World and a Lot Less Bank
Mark Weisbrot
Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2000

Double Bubble - Headed for Trouble?
Mark Weisbrot
St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 23, 2000

Labor in 2000: No Place to Go
Mark Weisbrot
Miami Herald, June 20, 2000

Shaming the Powerful
Mark Weisbrot
San Francisco Examiner, September 29, 1999

The Real Drug Crisis
Dean Baker
In These Times, August 21, 1999

Clinton Dodges the War on Poverty
Mark Weisbrot
Knight-Ridder/Tribune Media Services, July 13, 1999

From Welfare to Poverty
Mark Weisbrot
Sunday Journal, December 21, 1997

Ending Welfare Reform as We Know It
Mark Weisbrot
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 19, 1997