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

LaborTax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

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

LaborCompetitionInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

Sustained U.S. economic recovery depends on major equitable economic investments

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
Equitable Recovery

U.S. jobs report: Amid robust employment gains in May policymakers need to consider the future direction of demand-driven employment growth across industries

Inequality & MobilityLabor
Equitable Recovery

COVID-19 lockdown policy in the United States: Past, present, and future trends

Tax & Macroeconomics
Equitable Recovery

The rising financialization of the U.S. economy harms workers and their families, threatening a strong recovery

Inequality & MobilityLabor
Equitable Recovery

April Jobs report: Disappointing job gains mean the damage from the coronavirus recession may be long term, especially for young workers

LaborInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

The evidence behind Biden’s big plans for rebuilding infrastructure, reducing poverty, and combating inequality

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
Equitable Recovery

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

Tax & Macroeconomics
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