Jared Bernstein & Kathleen Bryant

Jared Bernstein is an economist and senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He was formerly chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden and a member of President Barack Obama’s economics team.

Kathleen Bryant is a research assistant in the Federal Fiscal team at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Recent Articles

Everywhere’s in Play: Ballot Initiatives and the Midterms

John Roark/The Post-Register via AP Voters cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm election at Apple Athletics in Idaho Falls, Idaho. N ow that we’ve had some time to catch our breath and reflect, we can evaluate the results of the midterms with a bit of distance. There were many important outcomes, especially the flipping of the House of Representatives. For us, even larger was the confirmation that our democracy, with all its increasingly evident flaws, still has a pulse. It can still self-correct. But while most national media focused on the congressional races, progressives across the country were also paying close attention to the results of state ballot initiatives on election night. Voters in states like Missouri, Oregon, and Washington not only had the opportunity to vote for progressive candidates on November 6—they also had the chance to vote directly for forward-looking state policies on health care, taxation, climate change, and a host of other critical issues. We cannot...

#MeToo and Women's Economic Empowerment

Low-wage women workers are the most vulnerable to harassment and abuse. Herewith, some policies to better protect them.

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(Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP) Hotel workers, represented by Unite Here Local 1, picket outside the Palmer House Hilton on September 7, 2018, in Chicago. This summer, the union successfully organized for a city ordinance requiring hotels to provide housekeepers with panic buttons that they can press if they are sexually harassed or assaulted by guests. T he women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo movement are courageous and inspiring. They have chosen to pursue justice by publicly describing their traumatic experiences, knowing full well the scorn and baseless attacks on their character that they would face for doing so. Their bravery has resulted in a groundbreaking cultural shift in the way we talk about and address sexual abuse. Yet it is also true that many of the most high-profile women in the #MeToo movement have a host of advantages in their lives. They include wealthy white women, with white-collar...

There Is No ‘Trump Economy,’ Especially in Workers’ Paychecks

Unless you’re in the top few percent, Trump's mark on the economy isn't pretty. 

AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump waves as he arrives for a campaign rally in Las Vegas. T o hear President Trump and his economics team tell the story, the U.S. economy was in shambles until they came along to fix it. The falsity of this claim is widely known to the majority who have learned that this president lies a lot. But as the overall U.S. economy has been posting some impressive numbers, it’s worth taking a quick dive into these claims. To telegraph our punchline, our analysis clearly reveals that Trump is riding trends he inherited. He took office in year eight of a solid expansion, and he’s benefitting from its continuation. Yet, while growth remains strong, it is not reaching working people, and here, the President’s policies—specifically, his corporate tax cuts—are playing a role. To be fair, presidents always take credit for growth on their watch (and defer blame for negative trends), but, as in so many other areas, Trump is different. His inaugural speech spoke...