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Where hard work doesn't pay off

An index of US labor policies compared to peer nations

Policies that support and protect working families vary greatly by country. How is the US doing compared to its peers?

According to our research: not well. The US is falling drastically behind similar countries in mandating adequate wages, protections, and rights for millions of workers and their families. The wealthiest country in the world is near the bottom of every dimension of this index.

The index assesses labor policies in each of the 38 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These countries compare to the US in that they commit to democracy and free-market economies, and have relatively robust GDPs.

Check out the interactive map, with scorecards for each country.


Dr. Kaitlyn Henderson

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