March 2, 2018

Dropping Knowledge, part 1

“Dropping Knowledge” could not be more appropriate to describe the multi-chapter report, Revitalizing wage growth: Policies to get American workers a raise, published by Brookings’ Hamilton Project this week. Each chapter recommends different policy proposals aimed at raising productivity growth and wages. While I am not going to summarize each chapter (there are 9), here are a few highlights:

  • From “How declining dynamism affects wages:” Policies to encourage worker mobility, such as reciprocity in states’ occupational licensing requirements, will promote wage growth through increased productivity and worker bargaining power.
  • Check out the graphs in the chapter “Returning to Education,” which reviews evidence of the wage returns to educational attainment and to early childhood education, K–12 education, postsecondary education, and workforce development policies and programs.
  • Strengthening Labor Standards and Institutions to Promote Wage Growth” suggests several policies, including: increasing the minimum wage and eliminating the tipped minimum wage, increasing the overtime salary threshold, boosting unionization, banning non-competes, and ensuring immigrant workers have full rights.

Dropping Knowledge, part 2

The Rand Corporation released a lengthy review of the research on the effectiveness of 13 gun policies, including many of the proposals being debated in state legislatures currently, on eight different outcomes.

Because of the lack of research on gun violence, they were unable to find any studies that met their research standards for many of the outcomes, including mass shootings. As such, one of their main recommendations is that more research is needed, both by the federal government (which would require Congress to lift restrictions on gun research) and private foundations. Vox created the following graphic to summarize the findings from the report:

Rand gun study graphic

Need to Know

The myFutureNC Commission is holding its second listening session next week in Lenoir. Join them on March 7th at the Broyhill Center from 2 to 6 p.m. to contribute your voice to the Commission’s work. Follow this link to RSVP for this event.

  • Red and Blue States Move Further Apart on Health Policy

    Wall Street Journal | 03/28/2018

  • Do School Vouchers Help Kids Get to College? Studies Offer Mixed Results.

    Governing | 03/27/2018

  • Un-gentrifying Portland: scheme helps displaced residents come home

    The Guardian | 03/01/2018

  • Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side

    The Economist | 03/01/2018

  • Social Media Use in 2018

    Pew Research Center | 03/01/2018

  • Kentucky could become the first state to tax opioid prescriptions

    Stat | 03/02/2018

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