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

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

Inequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

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

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Equitable Recovery

Equitable Growth’s 2021 policy conference features key speakers and panelists discussing inclusive U.S. economic growth after the coronavirus recession

Inequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

Completing the unfinished New Deal to overcome 21st century U.S. economic inequality

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Equitable Recovery

Coronavirus disruptions in family caregiving highlight the importance of investments in U.S. care infrastructure and paid leave

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Equitable Recovery

Congress needs distribution analyses to make informed, equitable policy choices, and the CBO FAIR Scoring Act would deliver it

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Equitable Recovery

July Jobs report: Job growth ramps up, but the construction sector struggles

Labor
Equitable Recovery

Weak income support infrastructure harms U.S. workers and their families and constrains economic growth

FamiliesInequality & Mobility

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