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Living Standards of Americans

Economic Policy Institute

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Expanding Economic Opportunity
  • Grant Amount $450,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2006–December 31, 2008
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The goal of the project is to examine the conditions of the low-wage labor market and develop solutions that help boost earnings for low-income people. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 1986 to provide high-quality data-driven research and education relevant to economic and policy issues affecting working families.This grant will enable EPI to raise national awareness of the issues facing low-wage workers by conducting rigorous economic analyses on issues such as wage mobility and job retention; publishing and disseminating these analyses; enabling state and local organizations to use compiled data through the "DataZone" on the Internet; and providing technical assistance to emerging state and local organizations interested in economic analysis.Recent accomplishments included creating the "JobWatch" series, which monitors the American labor market with particular emphasis on job creation and job quality; releasing the ninth edition of the flagship publication, "The State of Working America"; and providing analyses and technical assistance on a range of issues including minimum wage, family budgets, health care insurance erosion and the benefits of full employment for low-wage workers.