Topic Income & Earnings Volatility

Short-term fluctuations in family incomes and in workers’ earnings have consequences not only for family economic wellbeing but also for the health of the broader U.S. economy. Equitable Growth serves as a hub for researchers working on defining levels and trends in U.S. family income and earnings volatility, connecting the dots between these metrics and outcomes for a variety of social policies and programs while simultaneously growing the evidence base for how these micr0-level trends for families and individuals are impacting the strength and stability of the economy.

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Developing a research agenda on racial and gender equity in the pandemic-era U.S. labor market

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New research documents the high cost of residential racial segregation in Northern cities of the United States

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Black Lives: The High Cost of Segregation

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring new perspectives on mass incarceration to U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence

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Stratification economics: What it is and how it advances our understanding of inequality

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African American men and the U.S. labor market during recessions and economic recoveries

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Getting cash transfer payments to recipients faster boosts household spending and stimulates the economy

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January Jobs report: U.S. employment growth surpasses expectations, but it is essential to boost job quality in manufacturing

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Consumption volatility across the U.S. income distribution is highest among low-income workers and their families

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Money Matters: Consumption Volatility Across the Income Distribution

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How new job search technologies are affecting the U.S. labor market

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