minimum-wage

America's long held infatuation with hard work might be eating into its understanding of inequality.

Tipped workers in the U.S. have been getting shortchanged for decades.

Why the minimum wage shouldn't apply to the long-term unemployed -- for now.

  • Rand Ghayad
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  • May 5, 2014
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President Obama has made a $10.10 minimum wage the centerpiece of his economic agenda. But that wasn't the case early last year.

Michael Strain, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, occupies an interesting place in today's discussion. He favors extending emergency unemployment insurance but opposes raising the minimum wage. He argues that, in some cases, you might even want to cut the minimum wage -- while offering workers more government aid.

Obama would issue an executive order giving preference in awarding federal contracts to companies that pay at least $10.10 per hour.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 28, 2014
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Economists disagree on lots of things about the minimum wage. Except this point.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Jan 4, 2014
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Voters in a tiny Washington State town passed a measure that would've given its airport's workers a raise to $15 an hour. On Friday, a judge gutted it.

Sure, maybe the federal government shouldn't pay more than $487,000 for a contractor's yearly salary. Is there a number that's too little?

Nobel prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps explains his proposal for wage subsidies to help low-income workers.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 11, 2013
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They're the biggest manifestation of what's called "fissured employment," which separates workers from the companies that call the shots.

The U.S. and Japan are tied for lowest minimum wage as a share of the median.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 19, 2013
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Putting this week's fast food pickets in context.

The world's biggest retailer is no stranger to fights, and this one is bigger than one city.

Want to stick it to corporations and help the poor? Tax the corporations and give the money to the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 22, 2013
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The IGM Forum, which is run by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, polled top economists on the middle wage. They think it has some downsides, but is worth it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 27, 2013
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Corporate profits are skyrocketing while labor's share of those profits is falling. That means workers are steadily losing their power to bargain for raises.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 14, 2013
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Basic economic theory says a hike in the minimum wage should kill jobs. But it's often hard to find evidence of that in the real world. Here's a rundown of reasons why.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 14, 2013
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It's a big increase in most states, and the current minimum is below historical levels. But Obama's plan might increase unemployment, and there are cheaper options.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 13, 2013
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