RISEP looks at Florida’s economy in terms of how it’s doing for workers. We also look at other important issues like economic development policies, trade, and income inequality that affect the stability of Florida’s middle and working classes.
RISEP Director Alex Stepick discussed patterns of social and economic inequality in Florida at the FIU Metropolitan Center breakfast forum on 2010 U.S. Census Key Economic and Social Trends. RISEP research on income inequality, labor market conditions for minority and immigrant workers, and the impact of the current recession indicates suggests that policy makers and community leaders must find ways to deal with growing inequality and promote inclusiveness in increasingly uncertain times.
Report on the impact of job creation and retention in Florida's Black and Latino communities due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This report examines the impact of job creation and retention in Florida due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The report focuses on the impact on Black and Latino communities in Florida, in particular through transportation contracting and the weatherization program. Based on the findings, recommendations are made for ensuring that stimu
The steep recession which was triggered by the bursting of Florida’s housing “bubble” also had deeper roots. For decades wage growth has not kept up with increasing productivity. Expanding consumer debt and widening income inequality occurred even during the good times. Florida needs a sustainable economy over the long term, and that will require more than restarting the housing market. Job growth must provide middle class incomes, and prosperity must be broadly shared. The current dow