Lawrence “Larry” Mishel


  • Class size and structure
  • Graduation rate
  • Poverty
  • STEM education
  • Teacher compensation
  • Workforce development

Lawrence “Larry” Mishel joined the Economic Policy Institute in 1987 as EPI’s first research director and later became vice president and then president, a role he has served in since 2002. He has played a significant role in building EPI’s research capabilities and reputation. He has written and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families. He is principal author of The State of Working America – published every even-numbered year since 1988 – which provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. labor market and living standards. He also leads EPI’s education research program.  Prior to joining EPI, Mishel worked as an economist for various unions and taught at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mishel has a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.