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Seattle’s $15 minimum wage not costing jobs, says new report

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:25:57 +0000

Seattle's minimum wage law is working as intended, says the author of a new study, by boosting pay for low-wage workers without hurting jobs.

Poll: California voters not pumped up about new gas tax or vehicle fees

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:25:11 +0000

Since California lawmakers approved a new state gas tax and higher vehicle fees, the Legislature's approval rating has declined, a poll shows.

Poll: Newsom leads the pack for governor, followed closely by Villaraigosa

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 22:13:40 +0000

Voter survey shows Gavin Newsom is holding onto his lead among likely voters supporting his bid to become California's next governor, as Antonio Villaraigosa gains ground.

New IGS poll: California voters partisan when it comes to Russia probe, Trump

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Partisanship reigns when it comes to the opinions of California voters on the Russia probe, Comey firing and the president's performance on the economy as well as foreign policy.

Many in San Mateo County priced, pushed out of affordable housing

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

A new UC Berkeley study presents a dismal picture for affordable housing in a county where the median annual household income is one of California’s highest

Berkeley scholars chosen for 2017 Carnegie fellowships

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:32 +0000

Rucker Johnson of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Katerina Linos of Berkeley law are among 35 recipients nationwide

Conference to examine future of higher education

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:09:40 +0000

A free conference on Friday takes a look at the future of higher education, from the angles of disinvestment in higher education as well as investing in it, and the individual value of higher education.

Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:00:08 +0000

Strategic siting of wind and solar farms can reduce need for fossil fuel and hydropower

Wages low, injuries high for emergency medical workers, study says

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:00:10 +0000

EMS jobs in the private sector found to lag well behind their public-sector counterparts in terms of quality, compensation and career advancement opportunities

Berkeley among top U.S. universities for upward mobility

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:34:27 +0000

University of California campuses, including UC Berkeley, rank high on new mobility report card for U.S. colleges

Crowdfunding expands innovation financing to underserved regions

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:17:12 +0000

As Kickstarter funds startups outside of Silicon Valley, venture capital has followed, new research shows

Research zeroing in on Fresno shows $15 California minimum wage will have big impact on pay, none on jobs

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:40:39 +0000

Labor experts look at Fresno County in analysis of impacts on workers, their families and employment

Turning up the thermostat in tropics shows promise for energy and comfort

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Slightly upping office temperatures and equipping workers with smart fans can save significantly on energy costs while maintaining employee comfort

New research charts surging income inequality in United States

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:39:21 +0000

The income share of the top 1 percent in the U.S. is now almost twice as large as the bottom 50 percent's, economists find

Researchers warn of financial risks in retirement jobs

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:30:34 +0000

Researchers reveal hidden tax penalties and conclude that Uncle Sam is inducing Boomers to leave the job market

In San Jose, higher minimum wage had modest impact on diners’ tabs, none on jobs

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:29:04 +0000

What happened when the so-called Capitol of Silicon Valley raised the minimum wage for its low-wage workforce? Researchers take a look.

Unlocking government administrative data with new California Policy Lab

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The California Policy Lab will partner with government agencies to link administrative data, allowing major longitudinal analyses on economic, social service, education and criminal justice systems, and more.

Clean vehicle rebates benefit wealthy, white Californians, study finds

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Researchers cite complex reasons for why whiter, wealthier Californians benefit most from the state's program offering rebates for low-emission vehicles.

New Opportunity Lab to focus on policy for poverty, inequality

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Berkeley economist Christina Romer thinks new Opportunity Lab's "good, policy-oriented research” can help solve current political dysfunction.

Research links voting to desire for social standing, discomfort with lying

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:00:32 +0000

A group of economists have found some interesting motives and values for votes.