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Weekend reading: Measuring and achieving a U.S. economy that works for all edition

3 days ago

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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The disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on communities of color, particularly Black and Latinx communities, alongside the continuing police murders of unarmed Black people without consequences demonstrate more than ever that systemic racism is an ongoing problem in the United States. Equitable Growth

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Weekend reading: Racial and gender discrimination in the labor market edition

10 days ago

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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The U.S. labor market is difficult to navigate and that is especially the case since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and recession, with record-high unemployment and an economic contraction ravaging the economy since March. When the statistics are broken down by race and gender, an even bleaker picture appears, showing that Black and Latinx workers and

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Weekend reading: The economic and racial inequalities of college sports edition

17 days ago

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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The economics and economic inequalities of college sports, and college football in particular, have long been ignored, with both the physical and economic well-being of athletes often overlooked by universities and fans alike. But the coronavirus pandemic is raising questions about what the economic effects would be of deferring college sports by a year due

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Weekend reading: Protecting and honoring workers this Labor Day edition

24 days ago

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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This coming Monday is Labor Day, a holiday in which we commemorate the U.S. workforce and celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers over the years. One way to honor the labor force in the United States would be to boost labor standards and institutional support for collective action. Kathryn Zickuhr and Carmen Sanchez Cumming explain

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Weekend reading: Policies to foster broad-based economic growth for the next Congress and presidential administration edition

August 28, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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As both major U.S. political parties convened over the past two weeks to officially nominate their candidates for president in 2020, Equitable Growth published a series of eight factsheets with easy-to-understand actions the next Congress and presidential administration can take to ensure broad-based economic growth for all Americans. The factsheets have

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Weekend reading: Racial health and economic disparities on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day edition

August 14, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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August 13 was this year’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, or the date until which Black women have to work, from the start of 2019 through to August 13, 2020, to earn as much as White men earned in 2019 alone. Women workers of color face unique barriers in the labor market at the intersection of race and gender. On average, Black women who are employed full

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Weekend reading: The July jobs report edition

August 7, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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The U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs in July 2020, but the coronavirus recession is still wreaking havoc on the labor market, particularly for women and workers of color, whose unemployment rates remain above the overall level of 10.2 percent. Despite the gains, the prime-age employment to population ratio is still below 74 percent. And the July increase

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Weekend reading: Congress must pass additional coronavirus aid now edition

July 31, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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With more than 4.3 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 150,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease spread by the virus, it’s clear the pandemic is moving very quickly throughout the United States. Policymakers must also move fast to get much-needed aid passed and distributed to those in need. Heather Boushey testified in front of the

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Weekend reading: The fate of child care and of small businesses in the post-pandemic economy edition

July 17, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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The coronavirus recession and the current debate surrounding reopening the U.S. economy shine a blinding light on the role of child care in supporting our economy. In fact, writes Sam Abbott, rarely before has it been so obvious how important various forms of child care—from schools to daycare to summer camps—are to the state of the economy and its ability to

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Weekend reading: Fixing government’s coronavirus and structural failures edition

July 10, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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In order to have a U.S. economy in which growth is strong, stable, and broadly shared, it is imperative to have institutions that are capable of ensuring that the rules are fair and fairly enforced. U.S. public institutions have failed Black Americans, writes Heather Boushey in a post on Medium, and if they fail Black Americans, they fail us all. African

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Weekend reading: Racial and gender inequalities in the coronavirus recession edition

July 3, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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Occupational segregation—the overrepresentation or underrepresentation of demographic groups in certain industries and jobs—hurts the entire U.S. economy by entrenching racial and gender wage gaps, lowering earnings for all workers, and preventing workers from entering their preferred professions. This trend is rampant in the U.S. labor force, write Kate Bahn

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Weekend reading: Supporting Americans through the coronavirus pandemic and recession edition

June 26, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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A new analysis shows that state paid leave programs in Rhode Island and California provided much-needed support to workers affected by COVID-19 as Congress debated enacting an emergency federal paid leave program earlier this year. (The study looks at these two states because they release timely data on paid leave claims.) Sam Abbott looks at the research,

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Weekend reading: Racial economic inequality and Juneteenth edition

June 19, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.

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Today is Juneteenth, the day that commemorates Black Americans’ emancipation from slavery in the United States in 1865. In any given year, this day is typically a celebration of freedom, resilience, and endurance. In 2020, the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day is also a harsh reminder of the inequities that communities of color experience in the United

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Weekend reading: Diversity and inclusion in economics edition

June 12, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Following Equitable Growth’s statement last week on the lack of diversity in the field of economics and our commitment to support more Black scholars, Equitable Growth highlighted important work from our network in the areas of incarceration, police militarization, the economic consequences of racist violence, exclusion, disenfranchisement, and reparations to

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Weekend reading: Black Lives Matter edition

June 5, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Equitable Growth President & CEO Heather Boushey made a statement this week on structural racism and economic inequality in the United States:
At Equitable Growth, we stand with our Black colleagues and Black families across the country who every day shoulder the legacy of White supremacy and systemic violence older than the United States itself. We condemn the

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Weekend reading: How to return to work safely edition

May 29, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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It’s more important than ever to make sure those who do get back to work are protected against the backdrop of weekly Unemployment Insurance claims data showing that 1 in 4 American workers filed for UI benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began in mid-March. The most effective way to do so will be to contain the coronavirus through vigorous testing and contact

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Weekend reading: The what to incorporate in future federal coronavirus stimulus bills edition

May 22, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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As policymakers consider what to include in future legislation to address the coronavirus public health and economic crises, they should consider including a green stimulus package to accelerate the clean energy transition. Climate change is a looming crisis that we must address—and it is linked to the coronavirus, as air pollution from dirty energy infrastructure

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Weekend reading: Data amid the coronavirus recession edition

May 15, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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The U.S. economy is a long way away from recovering from the coronavirus recession, which will likely be long and bumpy when it does happen. But now is the time to ensure policymakers have the data they need to effectively help those who are hurting the most and will continue to hurt long after the crisis passes. Policymakers must ensure they are measuring how the

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Weekend reading: How minority communities are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and its recession edition

May 8, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Two congressional reports released this week confirm what the media has already been reporting: Communities of color, and especially African Americans, are disproportionately being exposed to the coronavirus, dying from the disease it causes, COVID-19, and losing their livelihoods amid the recession that the pandemic caused. The two reports also make clear that

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Weekend reading: The safety net and the coronavirus recession edition

May 1, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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As the U.S. economy heads into what may be the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, there is no better time to look at and learn from the more recent Great Recession of 2007–2009. Though what the nation is facing now is different in that it is being caused by a global pandemic instead of collapsing financial markets, there are some striking

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Weekend reading: The federal government’s role in the coronavirus response edition

April 24, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Now that Congress has passed the second round of funding for the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program—which provides loans to small businesses in response to the coronavirus recession—it’s time to look back at the federal government’s handling of the first round and correct its mistakes. Using data on loan sizes and distributions, Amanda

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Weekend reading: The structural changes needed to fight the coronavirus recession edition

April 17, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Rising economic inequality left the U.S. economy and society particularly vulnerable in the face of the public health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing recession, write Heather Boushey and Somin Park. After reviewing vulnerabilities that reinforce and deepen inequality in the United States, Boushey and Park suggest several broad

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Weekend reading: Helping the hardest-hit during the coronavirus outbreak edition

April 10, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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New research shows that those workers whose earnings are hit hardest during recessions are also those whose consumption is most sensitive to drops in income. When these mostly young and low-income workers are laid off, they drastically cut their consumption and spending, which makes economic recovery harder and slower to achieve. Christina Patterson explains her

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Weekend reading: Unemployment, low-wage workers, and the new coronavirus edition

April 3, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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Today’s Jobs Day report, along with yesterday’s record-breaking Unemployment Insurance claims report, show the U.S. economy in crisis, write Kate Bahn and Carmen Sanchez Cumming. The jobs report includes data through March 14—which was before any city or state ordered the official closure of nonessential businesses, but after many had seen drops in demand or

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Weekend reading: Supporting and protecting workers during the coronavirus recession edition

March 28, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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The importance of paid family, medical, and caregiving leave for all U.S. workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic and looming recession cannot be understated. These policies are not just benefits, but also necessities—and are especially needed during this public health and economic crisis. In an issue brief covering the different types of state-level paid time

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Weekend reading: The inequality and coronavirus edition

March 21, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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In news that may have gotten lost amid the NEW coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis finally released income growth data from 2007 to 2016 separated by income quintile. The prototype—something Equitable Growth has long argued for as a means to show who is really profiting when the economy grows—shines a light on the vast

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Weekend reading: Fighting a new coronavirus recession edition

March 13, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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This is not a drill, writes Claudia Sahm. The U.S. economy is suffering mightily from the lack of certainty surrounding the new coronavirus, and policymakers must act to protect American workers and their families from feeling the effects of the tailspin. Sahm points to Equitable Growth’s book, Recession Ready: Fiscal Policies to Stabilize the American Economy,

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Weekend reading: The new coronavirus edition

March 6, 2020

This is a post we publish each Friday with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is relevant and interesting articles we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope by taking a look back at the whole week, we can put them in context.
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While the new coronavirus is first and foremost a public health crisis, it is also a threat to our economy, writes Claudia Sahm. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates by 0.5 percentage points this week in efforts to calm the zig-zagging financial markets and otherwise stabilize the economy. And while the Fed does not control market activity, it does play an

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