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On Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Opting out” or “leaning in.
Last year the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a detailed analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that projected
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, told Americans that manufacturing in the United States is back.
Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession.
The polls are closed, the ballots are counted, and voters overwhelmingly supported progressive policies that will help rebuil
Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen gave a speech a few weeks ago that was doubly unusual.
We recently disagreed with Andrew Biggs and Sylvester Schieber when they said the retirement crisis is not real.
The retirement crisis is anything but imaginary.
“It is but equity that they who feed, clothe, and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the p
In a remarkable development last week, the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) announced that it was endin
I was in Seattle, Washington, recently, to congratulate union and community organizers who helped Seattle enact the first $15
NEW YORK – “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage.
It has become harder and harder for workers to tell who their employer is.
The pace of growth slowed sharply to 142,000 in August.
The reception in the United States, and in other advanced economies, of Thomas Piketty’s recent book Capital in the Twenty
In recent decades the news for the country’s workers and the labor movement has been mostly bad.
“Hours of chaos” is how the New York Times described the work reality of more and more Americans.
Our country has suffered from rising income inequality and chronically slow growth in the living standards of low- and modera
The mass frustration is surely there.
When President Lyndon Johnson gave his June 4, 1965 commencement address at Howard University, he invoked a symbolic language
While immigration is among the most important issues the country faces, misperceptions persist about fundamental aspects of t
On Aug. 5, 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) went into effect.
The very rich don’t think very highly of the rest of us.
Should populists declare victory and go home? Despite money-drenched politics, Washington gridlock, the richest few capturing
There is a widely believed, but largely silly, view that rising inequality is the result of technology and globalization.
The economy grew at an impressive rate of four percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a government report
The White House took an important step today to protect millions of Americans who work for federal contractors from illegal w
Part-time work—by definition, working less than 35 hours in a week—rose fairly steeply in the recession, but has remained
House Democrats released their 2014 election year platform Wednesday, entitled “Middle Class Jump Start: 100 Day Action Pla
The jobs numbers released by the Labor Department last week were good news. The economy generated 288,000 jobs.
The May Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was mor
Political leaders used to believe that economic security for workers and their families was good for the economy.
There are many policies that can reduce inequality, but there is none as straightforward conceptually and as difficult politi
In an influential speech at an International Monetary Fund event last November, Larry Summers, former economic adviser to bot
The Great Recession officially ended five years ago this month, but the labor market has made only agonizingly slow progress
A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted t
Today, the White House, Department of Labor and Center for American Progress will convene a (politically) star-studded summit
The Nation sparked a robust discussion last week with its incisive online conversation, Does Feminism Have a Class Problem?
The White House is holding a summit Monday, June 23 on working families.
A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to ta
There used to be an agreement between employers and employees: that if you worked hard, your employer would match your dedica
Washington is full of well-meaning types who want to help the poor.
When President Obama announced plans to curtail the use of coal over the next fifteen years major news outlets like National
By raising its minimum wage to $15, Seattle is leading a long-overdue movement toward a living wage.
For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada
Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million
If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mob
Sex workers’ rights are workers’ rights and human rights — because sex workers are human beings doing work.
America has a serious “We” problem — as in “Why should we pay for them?”
The question is pop
Tonight in his State of the Union address, President Obama announced two important civil rights initiatives for workers strug
In a State of the Union address that lasted more than an hour, President Obama challenged the Congress to raise the minimum w
The United States is the only advanced industrialized nation without a federal law providing workers access to paid maternit
Yesterday, President Obama put before Americans the “defining challenge of our times: “redressing a “dang
Unemployment in Germany is now at a 20 year low and the country’s economy seems to be impervious to the strains afflicting
In his speech commemorating the Martin Luther King March on Washington last week, President Obama got it partly right.
As most workers in the United States get a paid day off from work on September 2 – Labor Day – it is a good time
Nearly five years after the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers touched off a global financial crisis, we are no safer.
On April 24, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,129 workers and injuring at least 1,500 more.
Do you think the damage from the pending bankruptcy of the city of Detroit will be limited to Detroit? Think again.
US President Barack Obama has just committed himself and his administration to fighting the scourge of income inequality.
With leadership transitions at many central banks either under way or coming soon, many of those who were partly responsible
Dean Baker defends the cyclical interpretation of unemployment and advocates government spending to create demand for jobs.
When I was growing up in Gary, Ind., nearly a quarter of American workers were employed in the manufacturing sector.
Throughout American history, when Washington has stumbled, New York has led with progressive reforms.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Federal Reserve has backed itself into a corner and is finding it hard to get out — and Pr
The Real News Network interviews Bob Pollin about why he signed a petition in support of raising the federal minimum wage to
The latest figures on the economy make it all too clear that we are stuck in a feeble recovery that could go on for several y
The June Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics paint
Never before have so many Americans watched so many entertaining cooking shows on television and enjoyed so much excellent fo
Should the federal government bailout Detroit? That’s the question everyone is debating.
A recent report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) sheds light on how badly lower income workers fare unde
The 195,000 new jobs reported for June was somewhat better than most economists had expected.
In his news conference following the Fed’s meeting last week, Chairman Ben Bernanke announced plans to end quantitative eas
It feels so good to row your own boat. You’re the captain. You can set your own course and speed.
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich discusses historical and contemporary income inequality in the United States.
After many months of rival assertions by interested parties, we finally have an authoritative assessment by an impartial refe
In the late 1970s, after a long period of holding fairly steady, the gap in wages between men and women began improving.
The US economy added a respectable 175,000 jobs in May, slightly above the average of 172,000 per month over the past year.
When President John F Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law 50 years ago this coming Monday, a gallon of gas cost 25 cent
A lot is said about the jobs crisis in America, but not enough.
The high unemployment that we have today in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere is a tragedy, not just because of the ag
Legend has it that Marie Antoinette, told of Parisians protesting the shortage of bread, impatiently exclaimed, “Let them e
The best starting point for recovery would be a focus on growing the economy ‘from the middle out’, that is, putting the
Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place.
It isn’t your mother’s Mother’s Day any more.
The press strained to find some good news in the government’s April employment report.
The West, Texas chemical and fertilizer plant where at least 15 were killed and more than 200 injured a few weeks ago hadn
As I write, there are terrible reports indicating that the death toll in Bangladesh, where the building housing garment fac
To anyone who lived through Ronald Reagan’s presidency, it’s a familiar story.
CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker attributes the rise in Social Security Disability enrollment to demographics not fraud on Varney
Professor James Galbraith criticizes the mainstream analysis of inequality and looks at different measures and ways of a
Last Thursday House Republicans introduced the misleadingly titled “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich discusses the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for our economy and our
1) The minimum wage has failed to keep pace with productivity, while top pay and corporate
Professor Dube appears before Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Q&A at the March 14, 2013 Senate HELP Committee hearing to
Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz explains why income inequality remains stubbornly high despite impressive gains in corpora
Former Chief Economist of the IMF Simon Johnson dissects the impact of sequestration on GDP, employment and government servic
If you want to appreciate just how conservative the fiscal conventional wisdom is, consider that hotbed of Bolshevism, the Fe
The employment effect of the minimum wage is one of the most studied topics in all of economics.
Last night, President Obama laid out his vision “to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth –
Professor Bob Pollin analyzes the lack GDP growth in the United States, stagnant unemployment rates, and the fragility of the
February 5 marks the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed with bipartisan support in Congress and sig
The Conference Board reported Tuesday that the preliminary January figure for consumer confidence in the United States fell
Testimony by CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker before a joint session of the New Mexico State Legislature labor and education commi
We often hear the claim that hiring remains so low in this economic recovery because employers can’t find workers with the
An economic and political system that does not deliver for most citizens is one that is not sustainable in the long run.
The private sector created 155,000 jobs in December, almost exactly the average for the 11 previous months of 2012 and for al
The news today from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that the U.S. job market is treading water.
Eight states and one city (San Francisco) raised their minimum wage this week, providing a pay raise to just over 1 million
….We will discover that raising taxes on the rich makes no difference.
Today’s op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal sheds more light on how conservative elites thoroughly misunderstand an
Some Republicans have long insisted that many of the jobless, relaxing in a billowy social safety net, simply aren’t trying
We shouldn’t have to choose between our seniors and children — I’d rather focus on jobs and growth rather than deficit
Attempts to undo or diminish Social Security began upon the program’s enactment; they continue unabated.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Blinder discusses the Federal Reserves’ bond-buying program, distinguishing betwee
The battle between President Obama and the Republican Congress has become a major spectator sport as we approach the end of t
Professor Bill Black discusses alarming mass youth unemployment in Italy even as big banks insist on more austerity.
Please don’t drive our economy off the fiscal cliff.
The “fiscal cliff” is a rhetorical device designed to hijack the inauguration of new federal programs that would
The share of workers without any retirement plan at work has risen dramatically over the past decade.
The number 23 million is often loosely used in public debate to mean the number of people “looking for work.
Today’s prolonged economic slump is fundamentally different from an ordinary recession.
Center for Economic Policy and Research’s Dean Baker discusses the role of work sharing programs in reducing stubborn u
Federally funded extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are set to expire at the end of this year.
The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which authorized the federal government to impose an income tax on individuals,
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alte
It’s always fun when Thomas Friedman writes a piece on economics. He likes to play a game with readers.
Jack Welch, the former chief executive of General Electric, was unhappy that the Labor Department reported a 0.
Inimai Chettiar, discusses last week’s jobs numbers and the enormous challenges facing the African American community o
The unemployment rate’s drop to 7.
Back in 2004, a presidential candidate acknowledged the changing organization of our care economy.
Let’s test Romney’s claims about the 47% by offering the unemployed jobs
I have explained how Governor Romney and Represe
New data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the private-sector added 450,000 more jobs as o
Blame those single moms. If only they had married and stayed married, their children would have turned out so much better.
Bob Pollin discusses the relationship between productivity, unions, and sustained full employment in Sweden on the Real News
Generations of Americans have worked together to build our nation’s Social Security system.
Mitt Romney aired an ad last summer titled “Bump in the Road.
The record drought and crop failures will create shortages, especially of corn, and will increase the prices of many foods th
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his final State of the Union Speech on Jan.
Investors are awaiting the miraculous delivery from crisis by the ECB and the Fed, but they are waiting in vain.
Much political debate in the United States today boils down to one deceptively simple question: who are the moochers?
Catherine Rampell had an interesting discussion of the Fed’s likely course of action at its September meeting based o
It’s time for summer vacation, but Congress is leaving town having not passed legislation to address our key economic p
Yesterday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) gleefully unveiled a list of 88 economists, who warn “that raising taxe
By JACOB HACKER and NATHANIEL LOEWENTHEIL
The political fight over America’s ailing economy is dominated by one word: debt.
To import or to outsource? That is the question.
There’s a battle raging in Virginia and across the nation over who votes in America.
Apparently NYT reporters never heard of immigration.
While many of us learned arithmetic in third grade, apparently there are not enough people who retained this knowledge for th
On July 24, three years will have passed since the last increase in the federal minimum wage.
Alan Blinder talks to Nightly Business News about the potential outcomes on the economy when The Fed meets next week.
Despite what the debt and deficit hawks would have you believe, we can’t cut our way back to prosperity.
I WORK on retirement policy, so friends often want to talk about their own retirement plans and prospects.
The U.S. manufacturing sector is and will remain vital to our nation’s economic prosperity.
Bob Herbert, with guests Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, feminist organizer Shelby Knox, author o
The preeminent economic challenge of our time is to generate robust job growth and make sure unemployment drops steadily and
Robert Reich dissects important election year issues that will impact the economy beyond 2012, July 11, 2012.
Folks in Washington like to think that their silly dramas have much more impact on the world than they in fact do.
The proverbial stork, bringer of babies and emblem of fertility, has been driven off course by the socialist welfare state.
That is what listeners to a segment that bemoaned the fact that China’s population might decline in the decades ahead
Washington Post blogger Sarah Kliff tried to find a silver lining in the weak June jobs report. She pointed to the 0.
William Black, with senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Ryan Sweet, talks about how America is headed towards a reces
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Private employers have added jobs for 28 straight months, proving the resilience of the U.S.
By Josh Bvens and Heidi Shierholz
This morning’s release of the June 2012 employment situation report by the Bureau of Labo
Dean Baker, with Micro Strategy president David Goldman, discusses employment trends, “Obamacare,” the threat of
Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman and Richard Layard, a distinguished British economist, took the lead last week in drafting a sign
The private sector of the U.S.
In 2011, the nationwide African American unemployment rate stood at 15.
Our society is obsessed with productivity and efficiency, and we despise procrastination.
By Linda J.
Seventy-five years ago, Social Security was very nearly derailed by a hostile Supreme Court.
Seventy-five years ago, Social Security was very nearly derailed by a hostile Supreme Court.
Republicans have successfully shoved the Paycheck Fairness Act back into the closet, but it will eventually pop out again,
Much of human behavior is based on “clock time,” which divides our day into quantifiable units—hours and minute
Damon Silvers talks about the benefits of public investments and alleviating the housing and student loans mess on CSPAN2, Ju
Bob Herbert (with Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore) talks about America’s unemployment crisis and the dearth of
Joseph Stiglitz talks about the income gap in America and his new book, The Price of Inequality on NJN, June 15th 2012.
Joseph Stiglitz discusses the wealth divide in America, investors and speculation, bottom-to-top money flow, political power,
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All across the country this week, graduation ceremonies will strive to provide America’s newest high school and college gra
Last week’s May jobs numbers were bad news, regardless of how you look at them.
The dire threat facing America, according to Mitt Romney and Republicans this week, is debt, not mass unemployment.
The Fair Pay Act, which would require employers to “study the internal alignment of their jobs and pay rates and fix it if
“Students and their parents are aware that it’s no longer a direct jump from college to the labor market, and th
Last September we renewed our earlier pleas to Congress to ‘pick’ the four low-hanging initiatives that would, if
Dean Baker discusses the impact of long-term unemployment on individuals and the economy on PBS, May 14th, 2012.
The American economy is experiencing a crisis in long-term unemployment that has enormous human and eco
The economy continues to move in the right direction.
A significant number of American voters seem to believe that the unemployed don’t really want jobs because they would prefe
About half of all Americans, ranging from the working poor to the tenuous middle class, report living paycheck to paycheck.
Heidi Shierholz discusses the downward unemployment trend on KOAB, April 27th, 2012.
Bob Herbert discusses investment and the economic outlook on CNN, March 31st, 2012.
This article originally appeared in the Washington Post.
More mixed signals from the Obama administration on jobs: A craven capitulation on regulation in the name of job-creation, an
The Obama Administration plan for supporting long-term, sustainable economic growth calls for significant investments in key
Heidi Shierholz discusses the labor market and the job deficit at the Economic Policy Institute, March 2012.
ON Thursday morning the New York State Legislature agreed to a deal limiting pensions for future public employees.
For more than two years, long-term unemployment has been at historically high rates.
It is coming up on three years since the last increase in the federal minimum wage – to $7.25 per hour – in July 2009.
It is understandable, given the number of times green shoots have been seen since the downturn began in December 2007, that t
Since the start of the Great Recession, the national unemployment rate peaked in 2010 with an annual average of 9.6 percent.
Emmanuel Saez updated his valuable series on income trends to include 2009 and 2010 and finds, not surprisingly, that those i
At this time of year, when we celebrate the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Even though the U.S. recession officially ended in June 2009, the country’s unemployment rate remains devastatingly high.
This paper uses data from the Current Population Surveys for 1980 through 2011 to review trends in health-insurance coverage
A new working paper by Eileen Appelbaum of CEPR and Rosemary Batt of Cornell University pulls from a widely-cited body of res
Barry critiques components of the Chinese labor system and its relation to domestic corporations at the New America Foundati
Newt Gingrich has been using the fast exchanges of the Republican presidential debates to ignore facts, misdiagnose economic
Few of us recall that the full name of the march where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Some of these proposals are good, some are less good, and some are truly awful.
Robert Kuttner defends unions, and discusses recent labor relations on Fox Business, 2011.
Starting with the financial collapse and Great Recession of 2008-09, the U.S.
This study focuses on the employment effects of military spending versus alternative domestic spending priorities, in parti
Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that unemployment dropped to 8.
Robert discusses the possibility of a double dip recession, unemployment, and labor relations at the University of Sydney, N
Bob Borosage discuses debt, and pressing economic issues on The Cohen Show, November 30 2011.
Today’s Wall Street Journal profiled Pilgrim Screw Corp.
As part of our study of paid family leave,1 the California Field Poll surveyed registered voters in California in September 2
William Darity discusses African American unemployment on Our Common Ground, November 11 2011.
Heidi Hartman discusses the poverty line in America and women and the economy on PBS, November 7 2011.
At the end of this year, federally funded extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are set to expire.
That steel factory, which once employed about half of the town’s workers, now has jobs for less than one-fifth.
Since the Great Recession began, young people have taken it on the chin—whether they’re carrying a high school diploma o
On October 3 activists from across the country will gather in Washington at the Take Back the American Dream conference, in t
Unemployment is at 9.1 percent, unemployment among black and Latino Americans is even higher (at 16.7 percent and 11.
Around the seminar rooms of Washington, there is much talk about the need for an industrial strategy to support sectors of th
The 2010 poverty and income data released yesterday morning by the U.S.
The country is — or should be — focused on jobs. Some 25 million Americans who want a full-time job can’t get one.
Robert discusses African American unemployment, President Obama’s job policies, and potential remedies on CNN, Septemb
The Great Recession dramatically altered the lives of many Americans, creating pronounced economic stress and uncertainty for
The pain caused by persistently high unemployment is not limited to workers who are currently unemployed, a new Economic Poli
Never in our nation’s history has our government defaulted on our debts.
Leo Hindrey Jr discusses rampant unemployment in the US at C-Span, July 22 2011.
A key issue surrounding employer benefit mandates is the incidence on workers through wages and employment.
With much chatter over the past week about the White House suggesting an employer-side payroll tax cut to stimulate the econo
President Obama has, reportedly, been frustrated with his administration’s failure to devise insightful or innovative w
What are the effects of minimum wage increases on the labor market? This is a question of long-standing interest to both eco
Robert Borosage discusses the importance of job growth and the misled focus on deficit reduction on Fox, May 14 2011.
Heidi discusses the state of the recovery and its impact on employment on PBS Business Report, May 5 2011.
Tamara Draut discusses the role public jobs can play in reducing the deficit on Fox, May 3 2011.
Heidi discusses the jobs recovery on CBS Evening News, April 19 2011.
Alan Blinder on Charlie Rose /CBA Speakers Bureau, April 12 2011.
What’s so wrong with state employees getting 401(k) plans instead of their pensions?
A main drawback is that more 401(k) pl
If any single number captures the state of the American economy over the last decade, it is zero.
It should come as little surprise that attacks on the landmark Affordable Care Act have included every conceivable objection,
Heather discusses the need to reduce unemployment and the damage of proposed budget cuts at the Center for American Progress
Robert Borosage discusses Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and worker rights on MSNBC, March 14th, 2011.
Naomi Klein discusses the Right Wing Ideology and Anti-Union Bills on Democracy Now, March 9 2011.
Last Wednesday was a good day for Edie Windsor. But not so much for Karen Golinski.
Dean Baker discusses the small GDP growth and stagnant unemployment numbers at RT America, February 27 2011.
John Schmitt discusses “the Relationship between State and Local Government and Public Sector Unions” on NPR, Februar
The purpose of the unemployment insurance system, as President Franklin D.
President Obama is a smart man.
While many in Washington and on Wall Street are talking about cutting Social Security, the real problem is that America’
Employment conditions in the United States today, in the aftermath of the 2008–09 Wall Street collapse and worldwide Great
Simon discusses recent tax cuts and their inability to generate new jobs on MSNBC, December 7 2010.
William Darity discusses the relationship between race and rampant African-American unemployment on September 9 2010.
Twenty months into the United States’ worst recession since the 1930s, standard approaches for putting people back to work
Heidi discusses the the chronically unemployed and current employment statistics on NBC Night News, July 20 2010.
Over the past 30 years, workplace pensions have morphed from defined-benefit plans (in which the company pays retirees a set
Teresa Ghilarducci discusses the implaction of unions on MSNBC, July 13 2010.
Now that we’re in the endgame of financial reform, and a second stimulus is off the table, it’s looking more and
Heidi Hartmann on NBC Nightly News discussing the Wal-Mart gender discrimination suit, April 28 2010.
Lawrence Mishel on “Middle Class Squeeze” on CBS, March 25 2010.
Ronald Reagan deserves posterity’s honor, and so it makes sense that the capital’s airport and a major building there are
Lawrence Mishel points to early signs of economic recession at the Economic Policy Institute on February 23, 2010.
As part of the Roosevelt Institute’s 10-part series on the Jobs Crisis, running on the New Deal 2.0 blog from Nov.
William Darity discusses high African American unemployment and economic discrimination at Office Hours/Duke University, Octo
In the mid-2000s, when the research in this book was nearing completion, policy makers in the United States were expressing
Dean Christopher Edley, Jr discusses how presidential candidates go about selecting the members of their administration at th
Teresa Ghilarducci discusses a “Universal Pension System” to spplement social security at Open University, May 21
Heather discusses staggering job losses and the economic downturn at Cornell University, April 2 2009.
This essay reviews what economists have learned about the impact of labor market institutions, defined broadly as government
Heather discusses the economic downturn’s affect on the work-family dichotomy, at the House Committee on Oversight and
It is an irony of conventional corporate theory that the people who truyl dedicate their lives to the enterprise- the employe
Tamara Draut discusses the high cost of college tuition and youth economic struggles on NPR, November 29 2006.
Heidi Hartmann discusses the contemporary work, family relationship at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, October
Before the collapse of Soviet communism, Chinas movement toward market capitalism, and Indias decision to undertake mark
Tamara Draut discusses the struggles of young workers on KUI, March 28 2006.
The need for a labor cartel
There are many examples debunking free-market propaganda that wages and prices must simply
Paid care services such as child care, elder care, teaching, and nursing are vulnerable to competitive pressures that often
Many argue that women’s prospects in the labor market have steadily increased and that any small remaining gap in earning
Several recent studies, such as that by David Card and Alan Krueger (1995), have led the economics profession to reconsider t