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The Atlanta Fed Wage Tracker: What’s it saying re wage growth and the Fed?

May 26th, 2016

As OTEers know, I track various measures of wage and compensation growth. Five—count ‘em!—show up in the wage mashup, recently updated. One increasingly popular series I’ve not included is the Atlanta’s Fed Wage Tracker (FWT). It’s an interesting and useful contribution, so let me make a few points about this series: what it shows, why it doesn’t… Read more

Economists hold forth on ideas to boost productivity growth

May 19th, 2016

Paraphrasing Mark Twain’s famous comment about the weather, everybody complains about productivity growth but nobody does anything about it. As OTEers are learning, for better or worse, I’ve been obsessed with the problem of slow productivity growth. It poses a fundamental constraint on the growth of living standards both here and in many other economies… Read more

The final overtime rule is out…

May 18th, 2016

…and it’s one of the Obama administration’s most progressive actions targeting middle-class paychecks. Here are links to everything you need to know about the new rule, which goes into effect on Dec. 1, and here’s my take at WaPo. I ask you, OTEers, how often am I able to tout seriously good news on an… Read more