EPI Research (Page 4)

  • Job Loss in a Booming Economy

    February 1998

    During the fourth week of August 1996, President Clinton signed into law two bills with serious implications for the ability of low-skilled workers to find jobs. On the 20th, he signed a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage from $4.25 to $4.75 effective October 1, 1996, and from $4.75 to $5.15 on September 1, 1997. On the 22nd, he signed a bill that[…]
  • From Welfare to Work. The Transition of an Illiterate Population

    February 1997

    Welfare reform is now a reality. Yet the challenge of moving millions from welfare to work will be as difficult as the reforms are popular. Policy makers and entry-level employers must now grapple with the employment impediments which are keeping much of the welfare population out of the work force. And foremost among these problems is illiteracy. One-third of welfare recipients are functionally illiterate. They struggle[…]
  • Youth Employment in the Hospitality Sector

    June 1995

    It is no secret that the hospitality industry (restaurants and hotels) provides valuable opportunities to inexperienced workers, especially those seeking additional formal education. More than one in every five “first paid jobs” is in the hospitality sector. More than 40% of all youth employed in the 1980s had held at least one job in the hospitality industry. In the present study, Bradley Schiller of American[…]
  • Mandates in Employment: A History of Added Burdens on the Unskilled

    August 1994

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst economist Simon Rottenberg’s examination of mandates in employment in employment is a stark reminder of the potentially devastating effects of mandated employer-provided health insurance. Commissioned by the Employment Policies Institute, the study not only points out the difference among various occupational categories but explains how these factors determine differences in the size and composition of compensation packages. In the[…]
  • Labor Demand Elasticities and Clinton Health Care Reform

    July 1994

    At a White House press conference in October of 1993, Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Laura D’Andrea Tyson, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, released a paper criticizing estimates of job losses from employer mandates to pay for health care reform.1 A specific target of their criticism was a study—The Impact of a Health insurance Mandate on Labor Costs and Employment—carried out by Drs.[…]
  • The Impact of a Health Insurance Mandate on Labor Costs and Employment

    September 1993

    Speaking to the American Hospital Association in August 1993, Hillary Rodham Clinton question why companies that do not provide health insurance to their employees should be allowed to “get what amounts to a free ride.” With these words Mrs. Clinton—who has well learned the inner workings and flaws of the nation’s health care system—indicated that she had no idea at all of how health care is[…]