John Schmitt Center Economic Policy Research Paper

John Schmitt

Vice President

Areas of expertise
Economic inequality • Economic mobility • Minimum wage • Unemployment • Unions • Work-life balance •  Discrimination • International labor market comparisons

Biography
John Schmitt became EPI’s vice president on January 1, 2018, returning to where he started his career as an economist from 1995 to 2001. Following his earlier tenure at EPI, he spent 10 years as a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and, most recently, was the research director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Over the last two decades, he has also worked as a consultant to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Commission, the Solidarity Center, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and other national and international organizations.

Schmitt has published peer-reviewed research on unemployment, wage inequality, the minimum wage, unionization, immigration, technology, racial inequality, mass incarceration, and other topics. His popular writing has appeared in The American Prospect, Boston Review, BusinessWeek.com, Challenge, Democracy, Dissent, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, Salon, The Washington Post, and other publications. His research has been cited widely in the media including The Economist, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Schmitt has also given talks on economic and policy issues to government, academic, union, and general audiences throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

At EPI, Schmitt was the co-author of three editions of The State of Working America. He was also a co-editor of Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010). From 1999 through 2015, he was a visiting professor in public policy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Before joining EPI in 1995, Schmitt was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador, and then spent a year working as an information officer for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in El Salvador (ONUSAL).

Education
Ph.D. and M.Sc. in economics, London School of Economics
A.B. in public policy, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

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  • 50 years after the Kerner Commission: African Americans are better off in many ways but are still disadvantaged by racial inequality

    February 26, 2018 | By Janelle Jones, John Schmitt, and Valerie Wilson | Report

  • Biggest gains in union membership in 2017 were for younger workers

    January 25, 2018 | By John Schmitt | Economic Snapshot

  • The “high road” Seattle labor market and the effects of the minimum wage increase: Data limitations and methodological problems bias new analysis of Seattle’s minimum wage increase

    June 26, 2017 | By Ben Zipperer and John Schmitt | Report

  • We Can Afford a $12.00 Federal Minimum Wage in 2020

    April 30, 2015 | By David Cooper, John Schmitt, and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Wage Inequality: A Story of Policy Choices

    August 7, 2014 | By John Schmitt, Heidi Shierholz, and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Don’t Blame the Robots: Assessing the Job Polarization Explanation of Growing Wage Inequality

    November 19, 2013 | By John Schmitt, Heidi Shierholz, and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Job polarization in the 2000s?

    January 14, 2013 | By John Schmitt | Blog

  • Assessing the job polarization explanation of growing wage inequality

    January 11, 2013 | By Lawrence Mishel, John Schmitt, and Heidi Shierholz | Report

  • Did international trade lower less-skilled wages during the 1980s? Standard trade theory and evidence

    October 23, 2006 | By John Schmitt and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Economic ‘Boom’ of the 1990s is a Bust for the Middle Class

    September 22, 2005 | By John Schmitt | Commentary

  • Demand drives U.S. jobs success

    March 4, 2002 | By John Schmitt | Commentary

  • The State of Working America 2000-01

    2000 | By Jared Bernstein, John Schmitt, and Lawrence Mishel | Book

  • The state of self-employment

    August 30, 2000 | By John Schmitt | Economic Snapshot

  • The myth of economic mobility

    August 2, 2000 | By John Schmitt | Economic Snapshot

  • The impact of the minimum wage

    June 1, 2000 | By Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt | Report

  • The Macroeconomic Roots of High European Unemployment

    December 1, 1999 | By John Schmitt and Dean Baker | Report

  • The minimum wage increase: A working woman’s issue

    September 16, 1999 | By Heidi Hartmann, Jared Bernstein, and John Schmitt | Report

  • The Minimum Wage Increase: A Working Woman’s Issue

    September 1, 1999 | By Heidi Hartmann, Jared Bernstein, and John Schmitt | Report

  • TAX CUT NO CURE FOR MIDDLE CLASS ECONOMIC WOES

    September 1, 1999 | By Edith Rasell, Jared Bernstein, and John Schmitt | Report

  • The State of Working America 1998-99

    1999 | By Jared Bernstein, John Schmitt, and Lawrence Mishel | Book

  • Finally, Real Wage Gains: Lower Unemployment, Higher Minimum Wage Spur Recent Wage Growth

    July 1, 1998 | By Jared Bernstein, John Schmitt, and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Making Work Pay: The Impact of the 1996-97 Minimum Wage Increase

    1998 | By Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt | Book

  • Trading Away Good Jobs

    November 1, 1997 | By Thea M. Lee and John Schmitt | Report

  • The Sky Hasn’t Fallen

    June 1, 1997 | By Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt | Report

  • The State of Working America 1996-97

    1997 | By Jared Bernstein, John Schmitt, and Lawrence Mishel | Book

  • Out of date on the minimum wage

    June 5, 1996 | By Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt | Commentary

  • Jump-Starting Wage Growth: The High Value of the Minimum Wage

    February 1, 1996 | By John Schmitt and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • The Minimum Wage and Job Loss

    January 1, 1996 | By John Schmitt | Report

  • Cutting Wages by Cutting Welfare

    July 1, 1995 | By John Schmitt and Lawrence Mishel | Report

  • Beware the U.S. Model: Jobs and Wages in a Deregulated Economy

    1995 | By John Schmitt and Lawrence Mishel | Book

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John Schmitt (born May 6, 1962) is an American economist, who serves as a senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He has written extensively on economic inequality, unemployment, the new economy, the welfare state, and other topics for both academic and popular audiences. He has also worked as a consultant for national and international organizations including the American Center for International Labor Solidarity, the Global Policy Network, the International Labour Organization, the United NationsEconomic Commission for Latin America, and others.

Schmitt's research has focused primarily on inequality in the US labor market and the role of labor-market institutions in explaining international differences in economic performance, particularly between the United States and Europe. Schmitt has co-authored (with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein) three editions of The State of Working America (Cornell University Press). He has also contributed to The American Prospect, The Boston Review, Challenge, The Guardian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines.

He is also a visiting lecturer at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and has been an academic visitor at the Universidad Centroamericana "Jose Simeon Cañas" (San Salvador, El Salvador). He has an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.

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  • Marketplace (Audio): Stimulus Plans to Create, Save Jobs[permanent dead link], February 12, 2009
  • NPR (Audio): Big Three Automakers Take Their Case to Capitol Hill, November 18, 2008
  • Public News Service (Audio): Report: Next Generation VA Workers Not "Movin' On Up", October 30, 2008
  • Uprising Radio Interview (Audio): Are We Better Off Now Than Eight Years Ago?, September 29, 2008

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