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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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: September 16–28 Edition

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What the coronavirus recession means for U.S. public-sector employment

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The hidden costs of stock-market-first U.S. economic policies

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Main Street’s workers, families, and small businesses are now suffering as Wall Street prospers from policies to fight the coronavirus recession

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Wage discrimination and the exploitation of workers in the U.S. labor market

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Get more money immediately to U.S. families and help them out of the coronavirus recession

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Benefit risk, claim timing, and Unemployment Insurance benefit generosity in California

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Addressing the U.S. racial economic mobility and inequality divides

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July jobs report: Coronavirus recession continues to hit Latinx workers in service jobs amid unprecedented U.S. labor market volatility

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Twenty-one policy resources to combat the coronavirus recession

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Congress must act to help U.S. families facing an income crisis

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Broken plumbing: How systems for delivering economic relief in response to the coronavirus recession failed the U.S. economy

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