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Recent Equitable Growth-funded research sheds light on the links between paid family and medical leave research and U.S. economic growth

December 23, 2021

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth has long prioritized the generation of new research on the economic effects of paid family and medical leave in the United States. This line of research shapes our understanding of how family economic security is critical to fostering both short- and long-term economic growth.

As such, Equitable Growth seeks to translate and connect this academic evidence directly with the policymakers and stakeholders contemplating a national paid family and medical leave system. Over the years, through a series of blog posts, research reports, and factsheets, as well as expert convenings, we have been a bridge between the academic and policymaking communities looking to bolster U.S. family economic security.

This commitment culminated in 2020 and

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Equitable Growth launches A Visual Economy: Our newest tool to showcase thousands of visuals on economic inequality and growth

October 27, 2021

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth last week launched A Visual Economy, a new tool to explore thousands of graphics, charts, and figures created by our staff over the past 3 years. The visuals included in this new tool cover a range of topics related to economic inequality and equitable growth, from antitrust enforcement to job mobility, and from monetary policy to the economics of place.

Equitable Growth’s ever-expanding library of visuals has never been so easily accessible. A Visual Economy offers a number of filtering options. One option is filtering by the 31 different subtopics from our website—such as anticompetitive conduct, GDP 2.0, business taxation, or monopsony. Another is by our signature Jobs Day and JOLTS Day features. And another is by a

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Dispatch from EconCon 2021: Addressing racial and gender stratification in the U.S. economy is key to an equitable and sustainable recovery

October 21, 2021

The 2-day EconCon 2021 conference, held virtually from October 6–7, featured speakers, panelists, and moderators from across the progressive policy and academic landscape. They were tasked by the co-hosts of the event, including the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, with examining “once-in-a-generation policy changes and transformative investments” to address U.S. economic inequality perpetuated most severely by the consequences of racial and gender stratification stretching back centuries and hobbling the U.S. economic recovery to this day.

The co-hosts put together an engaging schedule specifically to “underscore how fragile and unequal our economy has been, especially for communities of color, women, and other vulnerable people” in the wake of the coronavirus recession

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Supporting American Indian tribal sovereignty boosts economic outcomes for those on reservation lands

October 21, 2021

American Indian communities over the past 30 years experienced more economic growth and improved well-being than during any other point in the more than five centuries since European colonists and settlers arrived on this continent. These improved outcomes are largely a result of increased exercise of tribal sovereignty and self-governance, which created new opportunities for Americans Indians, as well as non-American-Indians living on or near tribal lands and resources.

Yet despite these gains, tribal governments still face obstacles to fully realizing economic and political opportunities for their citizens. Though poverty and unemployment rates fell during the past three decades, many American Indians still face significant economic challenges, as income inequality increased

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Equitable Growth welcomes two new Dissertation Scholars for 2021–22 academic year

September 22, 2021

Lauren Russell (left) and Sheridan FullerThe Washington Center for Equitable Growth through its Dissertation Scholars Program supports pre-doctoral students from the social sciences who are studying the links between inequality and growth. With a stipend of $50,000, as well as professional support—including connections to potential mentors and collaborators in the Equitable Growth network—the program invests in the next generation of scholars pursuing research that will inform evidence-backed policy solutions.

The Equitable Growth Dissertation Scholars for the 2021–22 academic year are Lauren Russell of Harvard University and Sheridan Fuller of Northwestern University. Both Russell and Fuller have started their in-house residence virtually.

Russell is a Ph.D. student in

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Equitable Growth announces record $1.39 million in research grants for scholars examining economic inequality and growth

August 30, 2021

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth today announced its 2021 research grants, with funding of $1,392,795—a record-breaking level—awarded to 62 researchers. These scholars are studying the various channels through which economic inequality, in all its forms, impacts economic growth and stability.

For the past 8 years, Equitable Growth has funded economists and social scientists in various stages of their careers, including faculty members, postdoctoral students, and Ph.D. candidates at U.S. colleges and universities. This year’s cohort of scholars makes up the largest group of annual grantees in Equitable Growth history, with 48 academic and 14 doctoral grantees.

“The advances from every research grant will be invaluable to broadening our knowledge of the challenges and

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NBER Summer Institute 2021 Round-up: Week 3

August 2, 2021

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 measuring poverty, the costs of climate change, and systemic discrimination among large employers. This year’s NBER event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and is being livestreamed on YouTube.

We’re excited to see Equitable Growth’s grantee network, Steering Committee, and Research Advisory Board and their research well-represented throughout the program. Below are abstracts (in no particular order) of some of the papers that caught the attention of Equitable Growth staff during the third and final week of the conference. Click here for a round-up from

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What recent data-driven research can tell policymakers about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

August 2, 2021

Tomorrow is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. This day recognizes that Black women in the United States have to work from the start of January 2020 through August 2, 2021 to earn as much as White men earned in 2020 alone. This fundamental fault line in the U.S. labor market is due to centuries of structural racism—the skeins of which remain glaringly evident today.

In this column, we look at what recent data-driven research tells policymakers and the U.S. public about this persistent income inequality. The scholars behind this body of research include Michelle Holder, the incoming president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, several other leading women economists such as associate professor of economics at Bucknell University Nina Banks, and Equitable Growth

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NBER Summer Institute 2021 Round-up: Week 2

July 26, 2021

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 wealth taxation and tax evasion, market structure and competition, and labor market inequalities. This year’s NBER event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and is being livestreamed on YouTube.

We’re excited to see Equitable Growth’s grantee network, Steering Committee, and Research Advisory Board and their research well-represented throughout the program. Below are abstracts (in no particular order) of some of the papers that caught the attention of Equitable Growth staff during the second week of the conference. Click here for a round-up from week 1, and

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NBER Summer Institute 2021 Round-up: Week 1

July 19, 2021

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. This year’s NBER event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic and is being livestreamed on YouTube.

We’re excited to see Equitable Growth’s grantee network, Steering Committee, and Research Advisory Board and their research well-represented throughout the program. Below are abstracts (in no particular order) of some of the papers that caught the attention of Equitable Growth staff during the first week of the conference. Come back on

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Climate change among many issues discussed at annual Western Economic Association International conference

July 15, 2021

The Western Economic Association International at the end of June held its 96th annual conference, bringing audiences together for more than 280 concurrent sessions to collaborate, share, and learn from each other. From June 27 to July 1, economics professionals at all stages of their careers met virtually to discuss and present research in all areas and specializations of economics.

The conference touched on many topics, from inflation to competition to racial disparities in algorithms and earnings inequality, and featured skills-building and networking opportunities as well. Equitable Growth and its community of scholars and grantees were well-represented in this year’s WEAI programming, including:

Equitable Growth grantee Emi Nakamura of the University of California,

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How federal place-conscious policies can work to reduce regional inequality in the United States

June 23, 2021

Over the past four decades, geographic inequality between regions of the United States has grown dramatically. A handful of metropolitan areas, largely along the coasts, have become some of the richest economic regions—cohesive groups of counties linked by strong economic ties, such as those between a city and its suburbs—in world history.

At the same time, large swaths of the country have been trapped in economic decline, struggling with deindustrialization, stagnant wages, and rising unemployment. These economic challenges have contributed to a host of social and political challenges and have hamstrung the national economy by reducing investment in local economies, limiting aggregate demand, and reducing the effectiveness of federal economic policy.

Until recently, regional

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Weekend reading: Race and police use of force in the United States edition

June 17, 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 United States has a long history of disproportionately high rates of violence and mistreatment by police against Black communities. But the role of race in police use of force can be difficult to document, explains guest columnist CarlyWill Sloan at Claremont Graduate University, due in part to the assumptions researchers must make about unobserved

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Father’s Day highlights why paid paternity leave should be part of all U.S. parental leave policies

June 17, 2021

This Sunday is Father’s Day, a holiday in which we celebrate and acknowledge our relationships with fathers, grandfathers, father figures, and others in our lives who helped raise us. For some, this may be their first Father’s Day, but unfortunately for many new parents in the United States, paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child is anything but a guarantee.

Paid parental leave is one of the most fundamental ways to ensure workers can maintain a balance between professional responsibilities and family caregiving needs. Yet the United States is one of the only countries in the world that does not offer paid parental leave to all of its workers. Four in five private-sector workers in the United States and 95 percent of the lowest-paid workers—mostly women and workers of

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The future of work and worker power post-COVID a key topic at the 2021 Labor and Employment Relations Association annual conference

June 14, 2021

Last week, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, or LERA, held its 73rd annual conference. The virtual event, which took place over four days, featured more than 350 presenters from across disciplines, focusing on workers, worker power, and the workplace in a time of division and disruption. Speakers and participants from labor, management, government, advocacy, and academia attended the more than 85 sessions, from plenaries and workshops to skill-building and networking opportunities.

The interdisciplinary approach to the conference offered a chance for Equitable Growth and our network to deepen and broaden our network of scholars, as well as raise awareness of our work with representatives of diverse interests and fields. Equitable Growth grantees and

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Weekend reading: The impact of COVID-19 relief packages on the U.S. economy and workforce edition

June 11, 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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After approving $5.3 trillion in coronavirus relief legislation since March 2020, policymakers in Congress are now debating whether to pass two additional medium- and long-term investment packages: President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan and $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. Many are wary of increasing spending and want to make sure the new

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Weekend reading: Studying the experiences of AANHPI communities in the United States edition

May 28, 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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May is AANHPI Heritage Month in the United States, a period of time to commemorate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Kate Bahn and Carmen Sanchez Cumming look into the intersectional wage divides facing AANHPI women in the U.S. labor market, broadening the research in this area, which often

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Weekend reading: The U.S. anti-austerity tradition edition

May 21, 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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Amid increased government spending to combat the coronavirus and the ensuing recession alongside overblown fears of inflation, some policymakers are pushing for austerity and against additional public investments. But U.S. history shows that anti-austerity policies are proven to bolster and grow the U.S. economy equitably. Nic Johnson, Robert Manduca, and

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Weekend reading: Tax evasion in the United States edition

May 14, 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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Tax Day 2021 is Monday, May 17. As many Americans prepare to file their tax returns and await their refunds, Corey Husak writes that some of the wealthiest Americans will engage in complicated tax evasion techniques to avoid paying their fair share—costing the U.S. government up to $700 billion this year, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. This tax

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Weekend reading: Jobs and unemployment more than a year into the coronavirus recession edition

May 7, 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 the U.S. economy begins to show signs of recovery from the coronavirus recession, it’s important to remember that many Americans are experiencing job displacement, where their prior positions no longer exist. This type of job loss occurs amid shifting economic and business conditions, such as business closures, corporate downsizing, or outsourcing, and is

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Weekend reading: We’ve got the evidence for those big plans edition

April 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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As David Mitchell writes, the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan, described this week by President Joe Biden in his address to Congress, would make large-scale, and in some cases permanent, investments in the nation’s physical and human infrastructure. These measures would combat racial, income, and wealth inequality, and they would restructure

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Equitable Growth’s second annual academic research report

April 29, 2021

An update on what we’ve learned from our funded academic research and the new questions we seek to answer

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For 7 years, our grant program has supported scholarly research at U.S. colleges and universities aimed at deepening our understanding of how inequality affects economic growth and stability.

We place a priority on research that is relevant to policy debates, abetting the development of evidence-based policies. Equitable Growth’s in-house team of more than 40 staff helps bridge the gap between researchers and the policy process, engaging policymakers, as

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Overheating is not a concern for the U.S. economy

April 26, 2021

Critics of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and further public investments financed through a combination of tax increases and deficit spending—such as his administration’s proposed American Jobs Plan, at roughly $2 trillion, and the forthcoming American Families Plan—often argue that the U.S. economy will “overheat” if policymakers pump too much support into the U.S. economy too quickly.

Yet plans for further public investments should be judged primarily on the merits of those investments. Arguments that the U.S. economy will overheat ignore the need for additional investments in the economy and rely on the possibility of future policy errors to argue against needed investments today.

This factsheet explains how economists and policymakers

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Weekend reading: Inequities in U.S. taxation and homeownership edition

April 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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Shaun Harrison delves into the many ways the nation’s local, state, and federal tax systems discriminate on the basis of race and exacerbate racial income and wealth disparities. Economists Carlos Fernando Avenancio-León at Indiana University Bloomington, an Equitable Growth grantee, and Troup Howard at the University of California, Berkeley find that for

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Factsheet: What does the research say about the economics of paid leave?

April 22, 2021

The United States is the only advanced economy in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that does not guarantee any paid family and medical leave to its entire workforce. Though 10 U.S. states and localities have currently implemented or have begun to implement programs for their residents, there is no nationwide paid family and medical leave plan that covers all workers across the country regardless of where they live or work.

As a result of this policy choice, U.S. workers, their families, and their employers often lack the resources and support they need during a family transition or health shock, including the arrival of a new child, an aging parent, a diagnosis of an illness, and personal injuries. When paid leave from work to deal with and adjust to

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Factsheet: What does the research say about care infrastructure?

April 15, 2021

The United States is emerging from the greatest health, economic, and caregiving crises in a century. Many policymakers are looking for ways to jumpstart the economy and, recognizing the tie between infrastructure and economic growth, have turned their sights on investments in U.S. physical and care infrastructure.

In March 2021, President Joe Biden proposed the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, a multipart proposal that would boost federal spending on the nation’s care and physical infrastructure. (See textbox for details.) Investments of this kind could help the U.S. economy recover from the coronavirus recession and lead toward sustainable, broad-based economic growth in the future.

Care infrastructure in the American Jobs Plan and American

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Investing in an equitable future

April 14, 2021

The United States faces four converging and overlapping challenges—a public health crisis and resulting economic one, a reckoning over structural racism, and the worsening effects of climate change—all of which require substantially greater public investment to overcome. Indeed, a growing body of research finds that declining public investment is damaging to U.S. communities and the overall strength of the economy because older infrastructure depreciates, and economic and social challenges go unaddressed.

The debate over the size and reach of recently proposed investments to restore and transform the U.S. economy is shaped, in part, by the nation’s weak and unequal recovery from the Great Recession more than a decade ago. There is ample evidence that the inadequacy of the

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Executive action to improve U.S. economic measurements

March 3, 2021

Relevant federal offices and agencies

White House Office of Management and BudgetInteragency Working Group on Equitable DataBureau of Economic Analysis, Department of CommerceOffice of Tax Policy, Department of the TreasuryRelevant laws and Executive orders

Internal Revenue Code, Section 5103(j)Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (Executive Order #13985)
Overview

The rise of economic inequality over the past four decades has changed the U.S. economy in fundamental ways. Unfortunately, the data that our federal statistical agencies produce to measure the nation’s economic progress has not kept up with these structural changes. At the same time, historical racial economic disparities

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Executive action to combat wage theft against U.S. workers

February 24, 2021

Relevant federal offices and agencies:

Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of LaborRelevant laws:

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. § 203)
Overview

Wage theft against U.S. workers exacerbates the long-run problem of low and stagnant wages. When companies commit wage theft, they impoverish families and deprive workers of the just compensation for their hard work, robbing workers of the value they contribute to economic growth and exacerbating economic inequality.

The odds that a low-wage worker will be illegally paid less than the minimum wage ranges from 10 percent to 22 percent, depending on overall economic conditions, and each violation costs that worker an average of 20 percent of the pay they deserve. Women, people of color,

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Executive action to reform the cost-benefit analysis of U.S. tax regulations

February 24, 2021

Relevant federal offices and agencies:

Office of Information and Regulatory AffairsU.S. Department of the TreasuryRelevant laws and guidance:

Executive Order 12866Memorandum of Agreement, Review of Tax Regulations under Executive Order 12866
Overview

Beginning in April 2018, the federal government required a cost-benefit analysis for many more tax regulations than it had in the past. More than 2 years later, it is clear this experiment in cost-benefit analysis of tax regulations failed. The cost-benefit analyses released alongside regulations implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 provide little information relevant to assessing the merits of those regulations. Moreover, while tax experts criticize many of the TCJA regulations for providing unmerited

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