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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A missed opportunity to expand the Child Tax Credit will affect U.S. families and the broader economy now and for years to come

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Anticipation and Consumption

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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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Earnings instability and mobility over our working lives: Improving short- and long-term economic well-being for U.S. workers

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Planning for the next recession by reforming U.S. automatic stabilizers

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Household insecurity matters for U.S. macroeconomic stability

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Wage and Skills’ Spillover Effects of Million Dollar Projects

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The Lifecycle Origins of Income Inequality

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Algorithmic wage discrimination requires policy solutions that enforce predictability and the U.S. spirit of equal pay for equal work

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On Algorithmic Wage Discrimination

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New IRS report examines free tax filing option to reduce the cost and complexity for U.S. taxpayers

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Equitable Growth grantee Gabriel Zucman awarded the 2023 John Bates Clark Medal

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
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The importance of understanding how job quality affects U.S. workers and the entire economy, and how to boost access to good jobs

LaborInequality & Mobility
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A missed opportunity to expand the Child Tax Credit will affect U.S. families and the broader economy now and for years to come

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How the new Global Repository of Income Dynamics database sheds light on income inequality and economic mobility

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Global Trends in Income Inequality and Income Dynamics: New Insights from GRID

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What federal statistical agencies can do to improve survey response rates among Hispanic communities in the United States

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Measuring spending inequality in the United States in real time

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