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

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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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Tax Refund Uncertainty: Evidence and Welfare Implications

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The latest Jobs Day report is encouraging yet the number of U.S. workers jobless for 27 weeks or more keeps climbing

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Women’s History Month: Systemic gender discrimination continues to harm working women amid the coronavirus recession

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New evidence on the success of gig-worker pay standards for ride-hail drivers

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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: October 14 – 26

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The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers and the Earnings of Young Workers

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Equitable Growth’s labor market experts deliver comment letter to U.S. Department of Labor on status of independent contractors

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Public investments in education can spur equitable growth, pay for themselves, and create jobs for a stronger economic recovery

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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: September 30–October 12

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