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

7 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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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

14 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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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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Weekend reading: Supporting workers, regardless of employment status, edition

October 23, 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 is resulting in millions of Americans either laid off or furloughed as businesses around the country close either temporarily or permanently due to the public health crisis. This jobs crisis is accompanied by record-setting levels of Unemployment Insurance claims—and these don’t even include the many more workers who are eligible but

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Weekend reading: Helping U.S. families stay out of poverty and build wealth edition

October 16, 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 Voting Rights Act of 1965 is probably best known for its role in eliminating barriers to political representation and voting for Americans of color at the height of the civil rights era. But a new working paper by Abhay P. Aneja and Carlos F. Avenancio-León shows that this signature legislation also worked to improve economic circumstances of Black

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Weekend reading: What the 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances reveals about racial and economic inequality edition

October 9, 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 Federal Reserve last week released its 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances, a triennial dataset on U.S. households’ financial situation. Austin Clemens analyzes the data and finds that over the more than 10 years of economic growth since the previous economic downturn, U.S. households barely recovered their prerecession levels of nonhousing wealth, and many

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Weekend reading: The most unequal recession in modern U.S. history edition

October 2, 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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Though recent unemployment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that overall joblessness is going down, the coronavirus recession is exacerbating long-term trends of decreasing job quality and rising economic vulnerability. These trends are especially harmful to marginalized workers and their families. Unemployment rates for Black,

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

September 25, 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 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

September 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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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

September 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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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

September 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 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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