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Mar 22, 2007
Category: State & Local Policy
Strengthening the state’s childcare subsidy program, improving compensation for childcare workers and further investment in 4-year old kindergarten will help protect and nurture our children.
Mar 22, 2007
Category: Jobs & Skills, State & Local Policy
Raising the minimum wage, indexing it to inflation, and ensuring that resources support and enforce the standard can help make the low-wage labor market stronger in the state.
Mar 22, 2007
Category: State & Local Policy
Policy makers could use better information on which corporations are not paying income tax, where the loopholes are to reform and improve tax policy in the state.
Mar 22, 2007
Category: State & Local Policy
Investments in economic development should only be made if policy makers and state residents can really count on them paying off.
COWS | Mar 07, 2007
Category: Jobs & Skills
A look at the economic challenges that women still face in the Wisconsin Economy.
Laura Dresser | Feb 07, 2007
Category: Jobs & Skills

Stronger Ladders, Stronger Floors: The Need for Both Supply and Demand Strategies to Improve Workers’ Opportunities by Laura Dresser uses data from Mitnik and Zeidenberg’s paper to explore issues about building career ladders. The paper provides some data to help direct and focus career ladder development, and includes discussion of the need for both supply and demand side strategies when improving jobs. 


From Bad to Good Jobs? An Analysis of the Prospects for Career Ladders in the Service Industries by Pablo Mitnik and Matt Zeidenberg discusses the various assumptions that are embedded in career ladder strategies, and investigates the extent to which the very structure of specific service industries may stand in the way of building advancement. The paper provides careful analysis of upward and downward mobility within specific industries, and considers the systematic prospects of career ladder strategies.

Pablo Mitnik and Matthew Zeidenberg | Feb 01, 2007
Category: Jobs & Skills

From Bad to Good Jobs? An Analysis of the Prospects for Career Ladders in the Service Industries by Pablo Mitnik and Matt Zeidenberg discusses the various assumptions that are embedded in career ladder strategies, and investigates the extent to which the very structure of specific service industries may stand in the way of building advancement. The paper provides careful analysis of upward and downward mobility within specific industries, and considers the systematic prospects of career ladder strategies.

Stronger Ladders, Stonger Floors: The Need for Both Supply and Demand Strategies to Improve Workers’ Opportunities by Laura Dresser uses data from Mitnik and Zeidenberg’s paper to explore issues about building career ladders. The paper provides some data to help direct and focus career ladder development, and includes discussion of the need for both supply and demand side strategies when improving jobs.

COWS | Jan 11, 2007
Category: Jobs & Skills

Blacks make up six percent of Wisconsin’s population and 4.2 percent of its workers. In the post-WWII era, Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing base provided a solid economic foundation for many blacks in the state. Indeed, in the late 1970s, blacks in the state had a significant wage advantage over the national averages.


Unfortunately, the manufacturing restructuring that began in the 1980s and continues today has disproportionately harmed the state’s black community. As a result, many economic indicators—from poverty to incarceration—show dismal outcomes for Wisconsin’s African Americans. On some measures, Wisconsin has the regrettable distinction of attaining the nation’s highest disparities between whites and blacks. The vitality of our economy, the prosperity of our state, and the health and well-being of all our communities are seriously threatened by the racial disparity that plagues Wisconsin.


This spotlight provides background data and indicators showing pervasive black/white inequality in the state.

Laura Dresser and COWS | Dec 05, 2006
Category: Jobs & Skills
When Work Doesn't Pay: The Hidden Cost of Low-Wage Jobs takes a close look at the "hidden public costs" of low wage jobs and reveals that many working families do not earn sufficient wages and benefits to care for their families.
Matt Maryl | Dec 05, 2006
Category: State & Local Policy
Efficient and Strategic TIF Use: A Guide for Wisconsin Municipalities offers strategies for Wisconsin’s cities and villages to use their TIF funds to expand local economies and leverage for high-quality, sustainable development.