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June 15, 2018
By Nick Bunker,

Weekend reading: “Job-hopping Millennial” edition

This is a weekly post we publish on Fridays with links to articles that touch on economic inequality and growth. The first section is a round-up of what Equitable Growth published this week and the second is the work we’re highlighting from elsewhere. We won’t be the first to share these articles, but we hope […]

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June 15, 2018
By Brad DeLong,

Unemployment and inflation once again…

The public discussion about inflation and unemployment appears to me to be substantially awry. It appears to incorporate two, and only two, lessons from history. The first of these lessons is that pushing the unemployment rate below the level corresponding to full employment leads to strong upward pressure on inflation. The second of these lessons […]

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June 14, 2018
By Brad DeLong,

Brad DeLong: Worthy reads on equitable growth, June 8-14, 2018

Worthy reads on Equitable Growth: The development of the idea that economics—labor economics especially—needs to focus more on power needs to be highlighted anew. Read our former colleague Ben Zipperer’s conversation with David Card and Alan Krueger: “Equitable Growth in Conversation: An interview with David Card and Alan Krueger.” Here’s Krueger in the interview: “I […]

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June 14, 2018
By Greg Leiserson,

U.S. tax policy for equitable growth

Tax policy is an important tool for improving economic performance and ensuring that the benefits of economic growth are broadly shared. Taxes support the living standards of the American public by providing the revenues necessary to pay for public investment in children, families, and infrastructure, for social insurance and safety net programs, for national defense, and for many other public programs that support our quality of life. Taxes also affect the choices people make in both positive and negative ways and, as a result, influence the level and distribution of income, consumption, wealth, and broader measures of economic well-being.

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June 14, 2018
By Heather Boushey,

Equitable Growth in Conversation: Michael Strain

“Equitable Growth in Conversation” is a recurring series where we talk with economists and other social scientists to help us better understand whether and how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability. In this installment, Equitable Growth’s Executive Director and Chief Economist Heather Boushey talks with Michael R. Strain, the John G. Searle Scholar and […]

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June 13, 2018
By Heather Boushey,

Our new website: a note to readers

Welcome to the new Equitable Growth website! We designed the new site to help further our mission of advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. Please explore and tell us what you think. Since our founding in 2013, we have funded the work of more than 130 scholars and […]

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June 13, 2018
By Equitable Growth,

Janet Yellen joins Equitable Growth Steering Committee

Washington, D.C. — The Washington Center for Equitable Growth announced today that former Federal Reserve chair and Council of Economic Advisers chair Janet L. Yellen has joined the organization’s Steering Committee. Yellen, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, served a four-year term as chair of the Board of Governors of the […]

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June 12, 2018
By Brad DeLong,

Brad DeLong: Nick Bunker on full employment in the United States

Nick Bunker has a very nice piece from late last month on wage growth and employment, as it bears on the question of whether the United States is at “full employment.” My take is that the U.S. economy probably is because at current unemployment and employment rates, if no additional shocks were to hit the […]