CEPR

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2018
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Washington DC — You’ve likely encountered fissuring in the labor market without realizing it. Economist Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), explained fissuring and its impact on wages during a summit focused on how to raise wages and revitalize communities in the US.

For example, the doctor in the emergency room, the person handling your billing, or cleaning your room, may all work for different companies, and none of them for the hospital. “Welcome to the fissured workplace,” writes Appelbaum. Such fissuring “has been a game changer for how labor markets function and how wages are determined.”

Appelbaum’s remarks are published in full today and were part of the summit, “Building a High Wage America: Lessons from the Heartland,” held by The Century Foundation and the Economic Policy Institute.