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Weekend reading: Bolstering U.S. social infrastructure and the care economy through public investments edition

4 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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Despite the essential role that child care plays in the lives of U.S. workers and their families, the current child care market in the United States is not meeting families’ needs. This not only impacts families themselves, but also the overall economy, as high-quality care has far-ranging impacts on economic activity and growth. Sam Abbott explains why

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Weekend reading: Announcing Equitable Growth’s 2021 research grants edition

18 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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Earlier this week, Equitable Growth announced a record $1,392,795 in research grants for scholars examining the various channels through which inequality impacts economic growth and stability. The 62 researchers, including faculty members, postdoctoral students, and Ph.D. candidates at U.S. colleges and universities, make up the largest-ever cohort of

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Weekend reading: Income support programs reduce poverty and boost earnings for U.S. low-wage workers

25 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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Policymakers expanded investments in critical social infrastructure after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuring recession, expanding access and funding for programs such as Unemployment Insurance and the Child Tax Credit. These expansions have helped millions of U.S. families and workers but are only temporary, meaning policymakers are now

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Weekend reading: The unchecked growth of U.S. workplace surveillance edition

August 20, 2021

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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Workplace surveillance is not new, but the types of monitoring that employers utilize to track workers’ movements, behavior, and productivity has expanded, largely unchecked, due to declining worker power and lack of legal protections or regulations on these behaviors. The coronavirus pandemic also contributes to this growth in invasive and exploitative

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Weekend reading: Income support programs in the United States edition

August 6, 2021

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 pandemic and resulting recession led to an unprecedented level of government investment in income support programs in the United States, from emergency Unemployment Insurance to an expanded Child Tax Credit, among others. These programs provide necessary support for U.S. households and workers but have long been underfunded, leading many of

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Weekend reading: Antitrust enforcement and the FTC’s authority edition

July 30, 2021

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 April, the Supreme Court in AMG Capital Management LLC v. Federal Trade Commission unanimously struck down the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to require companies to give up profits they earn by violating U.S. antitrust laws and to require companies to compensate the victims of those violations. These two remedies—disgorgement and restitution,

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Weekend reading: The impact of climate change and heat waves on U.S. workers edition

July 23, 2021

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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On July 12, the National Bureau of Economic Research kicked off its summer institute, an annual 3-week conference featuring discussions and paper presentations on specific subfields of economics, including inequality and the macroeconomy, intergenerational mobility, automation and the future of work, and occupational segregation. Equitable Growth compiled a

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Weekend reading: The state of the U.S. economy edition

July 16, 2021

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’s incoming President and CEO Michelle Holder penned a note this week, sharing her thoughts on joining the organization at this critical moment.

Kate Bahn, Alix Gould-Werth, and Carmen Sanchez Cumming write that the current state of the U.S. economy is strong, but as it moves toward recovery, the policy actions taken over the next several

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Weekend reading: The economics of equal opportunity for all edition

July 2, 2021

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 issue brief measures the economic costs of racial, ethnic, and gender inequities in the United States, providing estimates of the benefits of eliminating these disparities and achieving equal opportunity for all. In the brief, author Robert Lynch quantifies the significant economic costs of failing to address not only overt racism and sexism, but also

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Weekend reading: Announcing Equitable Growth’s new president and CEO edition

June 25, 2021

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 long-awaited and very exciting news, Equitable Growth this week announced that Michelle Holder will be our next president and CEO. Holder is currently an assistant professor of economics at John Jay College, City University of New York, whose research focuses on the Black community and women of color in the U.S. labor market. Named one of 19 Black

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Weekend reading: Public investments in care infrastructure edition

April 16, 2021

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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Many Americans do not have the caregiving support they need in order to physically return to an office or workplace once the coronavirus pandemic wanes. This was an issue long before the onset of the pandemic and subsequent recession, but the past year only deepened the existing cracks in our nation’s care infrastructure. As policymakers consider President

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Weekend reading: Reducing uncertainty in tax refunds to reinforce their value edition

April 9, 2021

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 U.S. workers file their tax returns for 2020, new research shows that uncertainty about the amount individual filers may receive in their tax refunds hinders the effectiveness of tax-based redistribution from two refundable tax credits. The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit comprise a significant portion of income for their respective 25

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Weekend reading: The value of research guiding policy and decision-making edition

April 2, 2021

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 President Joe Biden unveils his second major legislative proposal, this time focusing on infrastructure and jobs, it will almost certainly be accompanied by fears of inflation and too-high government debt. But these concerns are overblown, writes Shaun Harrison. The latest economic research in fact reveals that the United States has a substantial capacity

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Weekend reading: Addressing income inequality to spur economic growth edition

March 26, 2021

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 American Rescue Plan features a variety of much-needed supports for American workers and their families to navigate the coronavirus recession and boost the economy to ensure broad-based recovery. One such support program is the expanded Child Tax Credit. Liz Hipple explains the changes made to the child allowance and how they will help more households.

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Weekend reading: Expanding Unemployment Insurance coverage benefits workers and boosts the economy edition

March 19, 2021

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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Unemployment Insurance is a vital resource for U.S. workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own, but those who voluntarily leave their jobs typically are not eligible to receive UI benefits. This complicates job searches for married dual-earner couples. Studies show they tend to move to pursue job opportunities less often than

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Weekend reading: Addressing earnings inequality across the U.S. labor force edition

March 12, 2021

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 Women’s History Month marks 1 year since COVID-19 restrictions began in many U.S. cities and states, and thus the unofficial start of what many have dubbed the “shecession,” thanks to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus recession on women workers. Delaney Crampton looks at recent research on women’s longstanding challenges in the U.S. economy

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Weekend reading: Executive orders to ensure a strong economic recovery edition

March 5, 2021

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 President Joe Biden considers ways that he can improve the economy using executive authority, Equitable Growth released an Executive Action Agenda, a series of factsheets on economic policy proposals that can fight inequality and a ensure strong, broad-based economic recovery and sustained economic growth. David Mitchell summarizes each of the five

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Weekend reading: Systemic racism’s impact on Black Americans’ economic outcomes edition

February 26, 2021

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 history of violence and suppression of Black Americans is long and atrocious, and the institutionalized racism and systemic oppression that began centuries ago continue to impact the economic outcomes of Black Americans. As Black History Month comes to a close, Liz Hipple and Shanteal Lake highlight how the lingering impacts of this historical

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Weekend reading: The effect of market concentration and technological advancement on worker power edition

February 19, 2021

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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Big Agriculture has a big concentration problem, write Hiba Hafiz and Nathan Miller in this month’s installment of Competitive Edge. U.S. agricultural markets are one of the most highly concentrated industries in the country, with a small group of large corporations wielding incredible buy-side power, or monopsony power, leaving workers along the supply chain

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Weekend reading: What to include in COVID-19 relief legislation edition

February 12, 2021

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 Congress continues negotiating the details of a new COVID-19 stimulus bill, David Mitchell and Corey Husak make the case for including automatic triggers rather than arbitrary cut-off dates for relief programs. President Joe Biden’s current proposal includes the latter—random dates at which point emergency benefits such as extended Unemployment Insurance

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Weekend reading: Voter suppression and economic inequality in the United States edition

February 5, 2021

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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Economic power and political power are intertwined in the U.S. system, as those with market power tend to also wield outsized political power. This relationship between the U.S. economy and U.S. democracy creates a feedback loop that perpetuates economic inequality, instability, and stagnating growth, write David Mitchell, Austin Clemens, and Shanteal Lake in

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Weekend reading: The intersection of climate change and economic inequality edition

January 29, 2021

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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Each month, we highlight a group of scholars doing ground-breaking work in specific areas of the social sciences in a series called Expert Focus as part of our commitment to build a community of scholars working to understand how inequality affects broadly shared economic growth. This month, Christian Edlagan, Michael Garvey, and Maria Monroe look at those

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Weekend reading: Boosting wages and living standards for U.S. workers edition

January 15, 2021

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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For decades, the majority of U.S. workers experienced stagnating wages, sluggish economic growth, and disparities in pay based on race, ethnicity, and gender. These broad structural trends and inequality result today in the misallocation of talent and the undervaluation of certain occupations and industries—which, in turn, restricts economic growth and

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Weekend reading: Improving job quality and labor standards in 2021 edition

January 8, 2021

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 implementing policies that improve the quality of jobs in the United States may have some direct costs, such as raising wages or providing workers with more paid time off, the costs that arise from employee turnover can be huge—an average of 40 percent of an employee’s annual salary, to be exact. Kate Bahn and Carmen Sanchez Cumming look at how

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Weekend reading: How the coronavirus recession affects the economic and psychological well-being of workers and their families edition

December 18, 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 coronavirus cases on the rise again, it appears the recession caused by the pandemic isn’t going anywhere. What does this mean for workers and their families? New research studies the effects of job losses on economic and psychological well-being, particularly for vulnerable households. One of the working paper’s authors, Ariel Kalil, explains the

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Weekend reading: Equitable Growth 2021 Grantee Conference week edition

December 11, 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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Earlier this week, Equitable Growth hosted our third biennial grantee conference, Equitable Growth 2021: People and Research Advancing Economic Evidence. Held virtually this year for the first time, we gathered scholars and policymakers together over four afternoons to showcase cutting-edge research from our network of grantees, covering economic inequality

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Weekend reading: Equitable Growth’s 2021 Request for Proposals edition

December 4, 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 week, Equitable Growth launched our 2021 Request for Proposals. Since our founding, we have focused on deepening our understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability by supporting research that investigates these topics from a diverse range of perspectives in economics and the social sciences. Our RFP is organized around four main

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Weekend reading: Combatting anticompetitive conduct in the United States edition

November 20, 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 next administration and the incoming 117th Congress being sworn in early next year provide important opportunities to address the U.S. antitrust laws and ways in which we can restore competition across the U.S. economy. Market power is now at the point of being untenable in many U.S. industries and areas, disrupting the operation of free and fair markets,

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Weekend reading: Policy ideas for the incoming Biden-Harris administration edition

November 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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The extreme inequality that defines the U.S. economy rendered the country more susceptible to the coronavirus recession. The incoming Biden-Harris administration will have a lot of work to do to get the economy and society on the path to recovery and ensure all Americans prosper when the economy grows. To do so, the new administration and the next Congress

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Weekend reading: Raise the minimum wage edition

October 30, 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 minimum wage is one of the primary tools to raise the earnings of low-income workers in the United States. From the time it was first enacted in some states in the early 20th century to the times it was expanded and applied to new industries and grew to include more workers, the clear, widespread positive benefits of the minimum wage are manifest. Ellora

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