Topic Health

As economic inequality in the United States has grown, so have inequalities in health and physical wellbeing. Growing disparities in major indicators of public health from mortality, and morbidity to maternal health, and low-birth weight to lead poisonings track economic inequality. Equitable Growth’s work touches on health and economic wellbeing for communities, families, and individuals, and includes a range of health-related topics, including intergenerational mobility, paid family and medical leave, scheduling stability, and includes a growing community of scholars working on the social indicators of health and their relationship to economic wellbeing.

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Frequently asked questions about paid sick time for U.S. workers and their families and the broader U.S. economy

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Factsheet: What the research says about the economic impacts of reproductive care

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Reduced job turnover in small U.S. firms is an overlooked benefit of paid sick leave

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Excessive heat harms U.S. workers unequally as the safety risks from climate change soar

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New research shows that reductions in air pollution have intergenerational consequences

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The economic imperative of enacting paid family leave across the United States

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Unions in the United States improve worker safety and lower health inequality

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Railway negotiations highlight the importance of paid sick time for U.S. workers and the broader economy

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Effect on Paid Leave Taking During the Early Pandemic

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The effects of income on the economic wellbeing of families with low incomes: Evidence from the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit

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Caregiving Arrangements for Older Adults: The Roles of Family Characteristics and Public Benefits

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Racial disparities in heat exposure

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
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Labor Unions and Workplace Safety Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Inequality in Health Returns to Local Labor Markets: Extraction Booms and Mortality among Native Americans

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The Care Work System as a Fundamental Cause of Economic Inequalities

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Why the Inflation Reduction Act is key to strong, broad-based U.S. economic growth

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The economic evidence behind the Inflation Reduction Act and why it will boost strong, broad-based economic growth

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
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Reduced job turnover in small U.S. firms is an overlooked benefit of paid sick leave

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