Policy resources for investing in an equitable recovery

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent recession exposed deep fragilities in the economy, one rife with historically high levels of economic inequality, structural racial inequities, and a porous social safety net. These fragilities continue to exacerbate the economic insecurities caused by decades of declining public investment in infrastructure and people.

That underinvestment perpetuates widespread systemic racism and gender inequities, and leaves the United States unprepared to meet the needs of millions of families and workers. In contrast, the top end of the income and wealth distribution are well-prepared to withstand economic shocks while maintaining and growing their financial assets, and inequality remains even more pronounced.

The U.S. economy isn’t an abstract system—it’s a direct result of the choices that policymakers make. The tools exist to support a sustained recovery, rebuild a strong U.S. economy, and address underlying structural issues, including racial and gender inequities, climate change, and the need for 21st century care infrastructure.

A growing body of research provides a framework for how the federal government can make choices to fully support workers, families, and businesses. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is producing resources to connect the policymaking community with the most cutting-edge evidence to create a path for long-term equitable recovery.

Equitable Recovery

The coronavirus recession and economic inequality: A roadmap to recovery and long-term structural change

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Equitable Recovery

The economic evidence behind 10 policies in the Build Back Better Act

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Equitable Recovery

October U.S. Jobs report: Employment growth picked up steam last month

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Equitable Recovery

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

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Equitable Recovery

Problems in the U.S. care sectors risk holding back the economic recovery amid another month of disappointing job gains

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Equitable Recovery

Racial equity in U.S. data collection improves the accuracy of research, policy evaluation, and subsequent policymaking

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Equitable Recovery

Diversity in economics and data disaggregation can improve our understanding of the U.S. economy

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Equitable Recovery

Equitable Growth president and CEO addresses conference attendees in first public appearance

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Equitable Recovery

A cost-benefit analysis of The American Families Plan’s proposed investment in a nationwide public preschool program

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