Allowing AT&T to merge in this time of profound change for the telecommunications and cable TV industries would substatially reduce competion in both markets. The new-found market dominance that would result would likely lead to higher prices, reduced incentives for innovation, and a narrower range of consumer choices. For a full analysis, read the new EPI study, Narrowing the Broadband, or check out the press release online.
Back to the future for investment spending
Will the record-breaking decline in investment spending continue into the future? Get the facts at a glance in this week’s Snapshot.
Growth slows as consumer spending weakens
For an analysis of the gross domestic product report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, check out EPI’s GDP Picture.
Safeguards mustn’t be just for shareholders
Read EPI economist Christian Weller’s latest op-ed on how today’s corporate scandals are a direct consequence of the reorganization of our economy during the 1990s primarily to serve shareholders.
Benefits running out for unemployed workers
Hundreds of thousands of workers began to exhaust their unemployment insurance extensions in June, and long-term unemployment continues to rise. Current law, however, keeps almost every state from triggering the second round of benefit extensions. For details on what should be done to reform the UI system, download Time to Fix the Unemployment Benefits Program, co-released by EPI and the National Employment Law Project, or read the press release online.
Book on working women skews data, misses issue
Check out EPI Viewpoints for an op-ed that explains how a recent book on professional women and motherhood confuses what employed parents really need to balance work and family.
Faux urges curbs on corporate lawlessness
EPI President Jeff Faux comments on the recent spate of corporate scandals at a news conference convened by Sen. Paul Sarbanes.
Putting broadband on high speed
Most industry experts agree that investments in high-speed Internet services aren’t taking place as fast as they should, costing the economy an estimated 1.2 million high-paying jobs. The problem lies mainly with lopsided regulations that haven’t kept pace with developments in the information sector. EPI’s study, Putting Broadband on High Speed, explains how public policy can be reshaped to facilitate faster deployment of high-speed Internet services, generating jobs for the economy and benefits for consumers.
The class size debate
In the EPI Book, The Class Size Debate, two eminent economists debate the merits of smaller class size and the research methods used to gauge the efficacy of this education reform measure. Visit EPI’s Audio Archive to listen to a panel discussion by the authors, or read a press release online.
Staying employed after welfare
For many workers, and most welfare recipients, finding and keeping a job begins at home by finding a way to balance all of life’s responsibilities. A new EPI Briefing Paper, Staying Employed After Welfare, explains how work supports like child care and overall job quality are vital to employment tenure and wage growth for working women who have left the welfare rolls. A press release is also available.