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Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein

Former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden
Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, the executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team. Bernstein’s areas of expertise include federal and state economic and fiscal policies, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, international comparisons, and the analysis of financial and housing markets. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the author of Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed?, an on-air commentator for the cable stations CNBC and MSNBC, and the host of

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The system tends to offer up minimum wage increases that it can absorb without distortions.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Analysis of the historical record shows that increasing the minimum wage has its intended effect of raising the earnings of low-wage workers who need the raise without harming their employment prospects.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I’ve always thought the national minimum wage is a lot more important than most people tend to think.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Which helps low-income people the most–the minimum wage or the Earned Income Tax Credit? It’s a false choice. Together, these two programs balance the social cost of low-wage work between taxpayers and low-wage employers.

Thursday, March 15, 2007