What should you be making?

Chuck Sheketoff

In honor of Labor Day, our colleagues at the Economic Policy Institute made a little tool — based on their project inequality.is — that shows how much you would be making if wages had kept pace with productivity, a key indicator of an economy working for all.

As they explain,

Economic inequality is a real and growing problem in America. Since 1979, workers are working more, making more goods, and not reaping the rewards of their increased productivity. Instead, CEOs and executives — the top 1% of earners — now take home 20% of the nation’s income.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. Growing inequality isn’t an inevitability — it was created. It’s the result of intentional policy decisions on taxes, trade, labor, and financial regulation. But that’s the good news: if inequality is not inevitable, then it can be fixed.

Take a look — click the image and then put your income into the box and learn what you should be making.

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And remember that American workers should be earning more. Visit inequality.is. And to learn more about inequality in Oregon visit The State of Working Oregon .


Oregon Center for Public PolicyChuck Sheketoff is the executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy. You can sign up to receive email notification of OCPP materials at www.ocpp.org.

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