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Weekend reading: How to return to work safely 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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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

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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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

21 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. 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

28 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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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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