Lawrence Mishel

Lawrence Mishel is president of the Economic Policy Institute, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. EPI's mission is to inform people and empower them to seek solutions that will ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.


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It's an empty promise—because the chance to thrive will never be good amid great inequalities. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The Hamilton Project, led by the presumed presidential candidate's adviser Robert Rubin, serves up a prescription for the middle class that won't help much—and defies the recommendations of her friends at CAP. Read more

Money, Politics and Power



If we don't get there, then many communities—particularly those of color—will be left out of the recovery. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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While he's taken steps to improve Americans' wages, there's still more the president can do.  Read more

Economic Policy

Low-wage Americans are not the only workers affected by stagnant wages and rising inequality. Read more

Economic Policy

We need a better-educated citizenry, but the cure for increasing inequality lies elsewhere. Read more

Special Report

Reasonable people can debate the details, but first we need to agree on the principles for an anti-recession plan: create more jobs, start immediately, increase fiscal deficits in the immediate future, invest in infrastructure, and cut taxes. Read more


Our increasing inequality and our competitiveness problems are huge -- but they can't be laid at the door of our education system. Read more





The economy has grown, productivity is up, profits are soaring. There's just one problem: Americans' standard of living. Read more

Economic Policy