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There are plenty of jobs, but where are the wages?

The most disappointing feature of the most recent jobs report is that wages did not grow very much, even though the U.S. economy is...

The comforting myths of health care costs

After this season of shopping, we Americans have shown our savvy. We know that steep markdowns are illusory, that the “real” price to the...

Big gain in stock market not really so big

Major U.S. stock markets, depending on which index you prefer, are up anywhere from 21% to 33% this year. Those are big gains, making...

Want to save the middle class? Rework unions

If the U.S. is going to make a big dent in income inequality and raise living standards for the middle class, it’s going to...

Uncle Sam can’t whip us into shape

I trust government to soften the harshness of capitalism via subsidies , to provide health insurance , to build roads and bridges, to maintain...

This looks like the start of a great time for labor...

The tight labor market in the U.S. is leading to a shift in the balance of power between labor and capital, giving more leverage...

It’s not only younger workers who want flexible hours

The problem with younger workers today, I’m often told, is that they’re entitled. Today’s 20-somethings expect flexible hours, big raises and short commutes. They...

The case for higher taxes at the very top

The New York Times recently released a dramatic infographic showing how much less progressive the U.S. tax system has become since 1950. When the...
Melissa Ugarte

Policies on student behavior need overhaul

In the wake of the John Hopkins report that exposed some of the behavioral challenges that affect Providence public schools, there were inevitably other...
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