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Equitable Growth supports research and policy analysis on how unequal access to care, 21st century work-life policies, and education undermines stable, broad-based economic growth.

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Just as investment in physical capital is an important driver of economic growth, investment in human capital is key to the health of the economy as a whole, as well as family wellbeing. Equitable Growth supports research to better understand how unequal access to supportive environments, quality education, and other human capital development opportunities not only drives unequal outcomes for families but also undermines future economic growth.

Featured Research



Women’s History Month: U.S. women’s labor force participation


Paid family and medical leave in the United States: A data agenda for practitioners

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Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States: A Data Agenda

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Increasing evidence of the benefits of paid leave means Congress needs to consider a federal program like the FAMILY Act


Investments in early childhood education improve outcomes for program participants—and perhaps other children too

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working paper

Short and medium run impacts of preschool education: Evidence from state pre-k programs



Finding Time

The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

By Heather Boushey

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Experts on the issue

Guest Author

Robert Lynch

Washington College

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Manisha Padi

University of Chicago

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Kathleen Ziol-Guest

New York University

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Steering Committee

Jason Furman

Harvard Kennedy School

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Barbara Kiviat

Harvard University

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