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During the mid-20th century, strong economic growth was broadly shared, as incomes increased and children could expect a better quality of life than their parents, though significant disparities across demographic groups remained. In recent decades, wealth, income, and earnings inequality have been rising and mobility declining, and demographic disparities persist. Better understanding these trends and their implications for economic growth will inform evidence-backed policies that improve growth and mobility for people across incomes, regions, and demographic groups.

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The telling connection between affirmative action litigation, the racial composition of U.S. police forces, and the level of police killings of civilians

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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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Jobs report: November posted weaker-than-expected job gains while visa backlogs could dampen further U.S. employment growth

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Equitable Growth’s Jobs Day Graphs: November 2021 Report Edition

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The telling connection between affirmative action litigation, the racial composition of U.S. police forces, and the level of police killings of civilians

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The impact of affirmative action litigation on police killings of civilians

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Testimony by Jonathan Fisher before the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth

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New research highlights the necessity of improving wage standards and bargaining power for low-wage workers in the United States

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2022 Request for Proposals

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Hilary Hoynes

University of California, Berkeley

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Marta Lachowska

Upjohn Institute

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Greg Duncan

University of California, Irvine

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Loujaina Abdelwahed

Cooper Union

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Linh Tô

Boston University

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