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

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

FamiliesInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

Fiscal austerity intensifies the increase in inequality after pandemics

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
Equitable Recovery

Average inflation targeting by the Federal Reserve and U.S. consumer expectations

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

Policymakers should ensure that the U.S. labor market recovery lasts by boosting workers’ bargaining power and strengthening social infrastructure

LaborFamilies
Equitable Recovery

A temporary increase in inflation is not a long-run threat to U.S. economic growth and prosperity

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
Equitable Recovery

June jobs report: What the coronavirus recession means for foreign-born workers in the United States

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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

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