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

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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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

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 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

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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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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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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