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

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How U.S. companies harm workers by making them independent contractors

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

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A Valentine’s Day love letter to the Unemployment Insurance program

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Household insecurity matters for U.S. macroeconomic stability

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Economic change and the social safety net: Are rural Americans still behind?

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How Exceptional is American Job Quality? Decent- and Poverty-Pay Rates by Age, Gender, and Education in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and France*

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Low Pay in Rich Countries: Institutions, Bargaining Power, and Earnings Inequality in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and France

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Labor Day: How unions promote racial solidarity in the United States

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Minimum Wages and Employment Composition

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The Impact of Paid Sick Leave Mandates on Women’s Employment, Income, and Economic Security

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Is COVID-19 Exacerbating Inequities in Subsidized Child Care?: Policy Lessons to Strengthen the Home-Based Sector

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American Sociological Association 2021 conference centered on inequality and structural racism in the U.S. economy and society

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The economic benefits of equal opportunity in the United States by ending racial, ethnic, and gender disparities

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The effects of the filibuster on U.S. economic policymaking and income and wealth inequality

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The consequences of job displacement for U.S. workers

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Uncertainty about the size of annual tax refunds hinders the effectiveness of tax-based U.S. redistribution

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