Elise Goulds research areas include wages, poverty, inequality, economic mobility and health care. She is a co-author of The State of Working America, 12th Edition. Gould also co-authored a book on health insurance coverage in retirement; published in venues such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Challenge Magazine, and Tax Notes; and has written for academic journals including Health Economics, Health Affairs, and Journal of Aging and Social Policy. Gould is quoted regularly by NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Bloomberg, and Wall Street Journal, and her opinions have appeared on the op-ed pages of USA Today and Detroit News. She has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Maryland Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committees, the New York City Council, and the District of Columbia Council. Gould holds a Masters of Public Affairs from University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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The vast majority of Americans have experienced disappointing living standards growth in the last generationlargely due to rising inequality.
Broad-based wage growthif we can figure out how to achieve itwould dwarf the impact of nearly every other economic trend or policy in reducing poverty.
The clear connections between wages, income, and living standards mean that progress in reversing inequality, boosting living standards, and alleviating poverty will be extraordinarily difficult without addressing wage growth.
A recent paper confirms that no rise in mobility has occurred over the last generation to either explain or offset the rise in inequality that has been so damaging for the vast majority. And, the United States remains one of the least mobile economies in the industrial world.
While poverty thresholds, generally set at the national level, help to evaluate what it takes for families to live free of serious economic deprivation, the EPIs Family Budget Calculator offers a broader measure of economic welfare and provides an additional metric for academics and policy experts looking for comprehensive measures of economic security.
Unfortunately, income mobilitymovement between income classesis less common than purveyors of the American Dream would have you believe.
The Inequality.is website brings clarity to the national dialogue on wage and income inequality, using interactive tools and videos to tell the story of how we arrived at the state of inequality we find today and what can be done to reverse course and ensure workers get their fair share.
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