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Equitable Growth supports research and policy analysis on how inequalities in wages, bargaining power, and the evolving labor market affect workers’ economic security and opportunity as well as broad-based economic growth.

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Too many workers have been left behind as the benefits of growth increasingly accrue to those at the top of the income and wealth distribution. Equitable Growth supports research to improve our understanding of what is driving these trends, who is affected, and what policies can boost wages for all workers, provide for safe and equitable workplaces, develop pathways for upward mobility, and encourage stronger economic growth and stability.

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New working paper examines the evolution of economic thought on the impact of technological change in the labor market

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In Conversation with Lee Badgett

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TOPICS: Gender, Pay Equity
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A primer on monopsony power: Its causes, consequences, and implications for U.S. workers and economic growth

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TOPICS: Monopsony
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Making Short-Time Compensation work for the low-wage service sector

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African American men and the U.S. labor market during recessions and economic recoveries

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Paid sick time and paid family and medical leave support workers in different ways and are both good for the broader U.S. economy

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TOPICS: Health, Paid Leave

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring new perspectives on mass incarceration to U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence

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Kate Bahn testimony before the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth on imbalance of power

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Understanding the economics of monopsony: How labor markets work under imperfect competition

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Jobs report: U.S. employment data shows continuing strong job gains, with employment in the warehousing and transportation industry well-above pre-pandemic levels

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Equitable Growth’s Jobs Day Graphs: March 2022 Report Edition

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Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference spotlights the value of diversity in U.S. policy analysis and research

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The 2022 Midwest Economic Association annual meeting features key sessions on labor market monopsony

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JOLTS Day Graphs: February 2022 Edition

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Walmart is a monopsonist that depresses earnings and employment beyond its own walls, but U.S. policymakers can do something about it

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Expert Focus: Feminist economists studying women’s roles and contributions to the U.S. economy

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JOLTS Day Graphs: January 2022 Edition

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Revisiting timely research that explores U.S. intersectional wage gaps amid Women’s History Month

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Saravanan Kesavan

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Miguel Acosta

Columbia University

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Lee Tucker

U.S. Census Bureau

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Deniz Civril

Wellesley College

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Jeffrey Thompson

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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