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

Factsheet: What does the research say about care infrastructure?

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Equitable Recovery

Roads, bridges, bottles, and blocks: Rethinking infrastructure for the post-pandemic U.S. economy

Families
Equitable Recovery

The latest Jobs Day report is encouraging yet the number of U.S. workers jobless for 27 weeks or more keeps climbing

Inequality & MobilityLabor
Equitable Recovery

What the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey reveals about the first year of the coronavirus recession, in six charts

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Equitable Recovery

The latest economic research demonstrates why concerns about federal budget deficits and U.S. debt levels are overblown

Tax & Macroeconomics
Coronavirus Recession

Jobs report: a year into the coronavirus recession, employment losses have been greatest for Black women workers and Latinx workers

Inequality & MobilityLabor
Coronavirus Recession

New Great Recession data suggest Congress should go big to spur a broad-based, sustained U.S. economic recovery

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
Coronavirus Recession

How to replace COVID relief deadlines with automatic ‘triggers’ that meet the needs of the U.S. economy

Tax & MacroeconomicsLabor

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