Nick Bunker
Nick Bunker

Economist

Indeed

Nick Bunker is an Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab who focuses on the U.S. labor market. He was previously a Senior Policy Analyst with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. His writing has appeared in Democracy and Vox. He has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times and other publications. Prior to joining Equitable Growth, he was a Research Assistant with the economic policy team at the Center for American Progress. Nick graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Economics.

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Puzzling over U.S. wage growth

LaborTax & Macroeconomics
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JOLTS Day Graphs: March 2018 Report Edition

Labor
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Weekend reading: “jobs and skills” edition

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Equitable Growth’s Jobs Day Graphs: April 2018 Report Edition

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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How inequalities of wealth matter for consumption

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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JOLTS Day Graphs: February 2018 Report Edition

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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Issue brief: Employers may be behind the problems with U.S. hiring

Labor
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Weekend reading: “monopsony and March jobs market” edition

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The flat Phillips Curve and U.S. labor’s share of income

LaborTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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JOLTS Day Graphs: January 2018 Report Edition

Labor
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What would lead to monetary overshooting by the Fed?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “Gluts, booms, and crashes” edition

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Understanding the importance of household credit in high-income economies

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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Weekend reading: “diminishing demand” edition

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How income inequality may affect U.S. interest rates

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “A jolt in the markets” edition

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How does unconditional cash affect the labor market?

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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JOLTS Day Graphs: December 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Who benefits from the booming U.S. stock market?

Inequality & Mobility
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JOLTS Day Graphs: November 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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#ASSA2018: Day three roundup

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#ASSA2018: Day two roundup

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#ASSA2018: Day one roundup

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The 10 most popular Value Added posts of 2017

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JOLTS Day Graphs: October 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Last minute edits” edition

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Ten years after the beginning of the Great Recession, is it time to abandon the natural rate hypothesis?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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The blueprint for a perpetual wealth machine for the very richest U.S. families

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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JOLTS Day Graphs: September 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Winners, losers, and tax plans” edition

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Policy rules and central bank independence

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: tax “reform” edition

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Just how tight is the U.S. labor market?

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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JOLTS Day Graphs: August 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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The forces behind the highly unequal U.S. wealth distribution

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Old companies may be slowing down the U.S. economy

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Triennial data release” edition

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An update on the state of wealth inequality in the United States

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Discussing distributional tables” edition

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Another lesson from the 1930s for the Federal Reserve

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Markups, macroeconomics, and the changing U.S. economy

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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JOLTS Day Graphs: July 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Weekend reading: “One inequality measure to rule them all?” edition

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When the next recession hits, how will fiscal stimulus affect government debt sustainability?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “Jolting news this week!” edition

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The importance of equitable growth for future mobility in the United States

Inequality & Mobility
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JOLTS Day Graphs: June 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Measuring potential GDP in the United States, and the case for emphasizing demand in monetary policy

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Watching the labor market flows go” edition

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Weekend reading: “Boosting the competition” edition

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Recessions, recoveries, and racial employment gaps in the United States

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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Is declining competition causing slow U.S. business investment growth?

Competition
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Weekend reading: “Let’s make this post more democratically accountable” edition

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Must-Read: Ryan Avent: Making Monetary Policy Great Again

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Are economic boom-and-bust cycles stronger when capital is more available?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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JOLTS Day Graphs: May 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Post-Jobs Day” edition

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Equity, efficiency and education spending in the United States

Families
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Weekend reading: “If you liked those links, check out these” edition

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Is the Fed being misguided by the Phillips curve?

LaborTax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: Shifting targets edition

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Time for the Fed to look beyond 2 percent target inflation?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Who loses disability insurance when it’s harder to apply?

Families
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JOLTS Day Graphs: April 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Monetary policy via income redistribution

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Unstable incomes, uncertain world” edition

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What unconventional policies are likely to stay in central bankers’ toolkits?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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U.S. over-education and underemployment over the course of a lifetime

Labor
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Just how big does the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet need to be?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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A reminder on the current size of the gig economy

LaborInequality & Mobility
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Home is where the government subsidy is

Tax & MacroeconomicsFamilies
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How the opening to China may have partially fueled the U.S. housing bubble

Tax & MacroeconomicsFamilies
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JOLTS Day Graphs: March 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Changes in U.S. lifetime income inequality

Inequality & Mobility
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Some very worrying trends in U.S. lifetime income growth

Inequality & Mobility
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What’s going to reduce U.S. corporate savings?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Should policymakers worry about the level of debt or the pace of credit growth?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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Weekend reading: “Link pass-through entity” edition

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Macro-prudential financial regulations versus capital controls

Tax & Macroeconomics
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What would rules-based monetary policy look like?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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U.S. income inequality trends in the 21st century

Inequality & Mobility
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Weekend reading: “This post has intangible assets” edition

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A new way to look at how U.S. firms affect their workers’ pay now and in the future

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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JOLTS Day Graphs: February 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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How corporate profit-shifting distorts the measurement of U.S. productivity

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Diversity, discrimination, and wage gaps” edition

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Time for an inflation rethink?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “Looking to Alaska” edition

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Another take on declining productivity growth in high-income countries

Inequality & MobilityLabor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: GDP 2.0
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What kind of fiscal policy works best at the zero lower bound?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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How life experiences affect the views of U.S. monetary policymakers

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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JOLTS Day Graphs: January 2017 Report Edition

Labor
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Changing sources of inflationary pressures in the United States

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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A potentially new and rising concern: inflation inequality in the United States

Inequality & Mobility
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Weekend reading: “Time to mark this up” edition

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The connection between U.S. unemployment and rising opioid abuse

FamiliesLabor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Health
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Weekend reading: “From gender norms to level targeting” edition

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Thinking about levels when it comes to macroeconomic policy targets

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Declining business dynamism and illusive allocative efficiency

CompetitionTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Concentration
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Weekend reading: “Adjusting to the new borders” edition

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What’s the problem a U.S. corporate tax cut will solve?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Modeling the decline in U.S. interest rates

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: GDP 2.0
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Weekend reading: “low probability event” edition

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JOLTS Day Graphs: December 2016 Report Edition

Labor
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What’s behind the decline in U.S. interest rates?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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An uncertain time at the Federal Reserve

Tax & MacroeconomicsLabor
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Weekend reading: the fiscal multipliers, childcare, and maximum employment edition

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Demographics, robots, and global economic growth

Inequality & MobilityTax & MacroeconomicsLabor
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When recessions happen, who’s most at risk?

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Outsourcing and rising wage inequality in the United States and Germany

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Thawing out from #ASSA2017” edition

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Rising U.S. business concentration and the decline in labor’s share of income

CompetitionLabor
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#ASSA2017 Day 3 roundup

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#ASSA2017 Day 2 roundup

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#ASSA2017: Day 1 roundup

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U.S labor market tightness, hiring, and the decline in job switching

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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The 10 most popular Value Added posts of 2016

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Weekend reading: “Disaggregating data” edition

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Is U.S. investment capital flowing to the best possible destinations?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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What could boost U.S. business investment?

CompetitionTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Concentration
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Weekend reading: “Distributional national accounts and declining mobility” edition

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The importance of equitable growth to absolute mobility in the United States

Inequality & Mobility
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How tight is the U.S. labor market? And how tight do we want it?

LaborInequality & Mobility
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Lack of market competition, rising profits, and a new way to look at the division of income in the United States

CompetitionTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Concentration
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An update on the U.S. labor market from the September JOLTS report

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Delivering equitable growth” edition

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Technological change and upskilling in the labor market

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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Business taxation, retained earnings, and measuring income inequality

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
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Recessions happen. But how often?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “Flexing market power” edition

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Is monopsony important for understanding the U.S. labor market?

CompetitionLabor
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What does macroeconomic policy look like when people aren’t perfectly rational?

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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New research on market power and productivity

Competition
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Concentration
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Weekend reading: “Supply and demand aggregated together” edition

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What are the effects of cash transfers on U.S. workers across generations?

FamiliesLabor
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Yellen poses important post-Great Recession macroeconomic questions

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “You’ve contracted out your reading links” edition

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How much bigger can the U.S. labor force get?

Labor
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A Nobel Prize for modeling contracts

CompetitionLabor
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Do extended U.S. unemployment insurance benefits reduce employment?

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Antitrust in the 21st Century” edition

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Why do long-term unemployed Americans face difficulties finding jobs?

LaborTax & Macroeconomics
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Thinking about U.S. antitrust enforcement in the 21st century

CompetitionLabor
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Weekend reading: “Working on the supply chain” edition

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Geographic mismatch might not be a big deal for U.S. unemployment

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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What’s the optimal tax for capital income?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Underemployment for recent U.S. college graduates

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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Weekend reading: “Grantee conference week” edition

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Declining U.S. labor mobility is about more than geography

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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Equitable Growth’s inaugural grantee conference

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Unemployment and models of U.S. consumption

Labor
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Weekend reading: “the indispensable U.S. corporate income tax” edition

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The private sector offers up new U.S. home mortgage options

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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Who pays U.S. taxes on inheritances?

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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How intensely are U.S. employers looking for workers?

Labor
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Weekend reading: “Read this in 3D” edition

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The U.S. corporate income tax in a time of high profits

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Inequality of income, wealth, or consumption? How about all three?

Inequality & Mobility
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Weekend reading: “Climbing out the Jackson Hole” edition

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Looking beyond GDP when measuring welfare

FamiliesInequality & Mobility
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How often do Americans not pay federal taxes and receive government assistance?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Only a hint of new thinking at Jackson Hole

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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How U.S. consumption behavior changes during recessions

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Retiring in the United States amid low interest rates

FamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Rich spatial controls” edition

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Subprime auto loans are not the second coming of the U.S. mortgage crisis

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Credit & Debt
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Would cutting the U.S. corporate income tax boost wages significantly?

Tax & MacroeconomicsLabor
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Why slightly higher inflation might benefit the U.S. economy

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: “Accelerating wage growth is here” edition

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Persistent economic disadvantage and education inequality in the United States

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
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Federal budget deficits, U.S. interest rates, and rates of return

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Does stronger wage growth mean it’s time to hike interest rates?

Tax & MacroeconomicsLabor
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Weekend reading: “How many Big Macs will that minimum wage buy?” edition

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The permanent income hypothesis, wealth inequality, and anti-recessionary stimulus

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Protecting against risk can help boost U.S. entrepreneurship

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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Did the Great Recession reduce U.S. productivity growth?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Weekend reading: “Luck of the Irish GDP” edition

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Weekend reading: “Slipping on rungs of the income ladder” edition

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How other nations handle student debt and what the United States could learn from them

FamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
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A graphical update on the latest data on the U.S. jobs market

Labor
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Technological change and the future demand for labor

Inequality & MobilityLabor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: GDP 2.0
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The potential costs of “short-termism” to U.S. economic growth

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
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Weekend reading: “June jobs day” edition

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Have mutual funds boosted CEO pay in the United States?

CompetitionInequality & Mobility
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The importance of childhood education and the birth lottery for U.S. innovation

Inequality & Mobility
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Weekend reading: Celebrating U.S. independence edition

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The continued rigidity of wages in the United States

LaborTax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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How the U.S. housing boom hid weaknesses in the labor market

Labor
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The roles of firms and pay decisions in rising U.S. income inequality

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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Weekend reading: “Heading for the Brexits” edition

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Making automatic stabilizers more effective for the next U.S. recession

Tax & MacroeconomicsLabor
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What’s behind the decline in male labor force participation in the United States?

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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International capital flows and secular stagnation

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Determining the natural rate of interest

Tax & Macroeconomics
TOPICS: Monetary Policy
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Weekend reading: Job openings, the state of women, the No-Job-Loss criterion, and more!

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How wealth and income inequality may affect U.S. economic downturns

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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ICYMI: Heather Boushey’s remarks at The White House United State of Women Summit

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Are U.S. government economic surveys reaching the right mix of respondents?

Inequality & Mobility
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: GDP 2.0
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U.S. labor market frictions and occupational licensing

Labor
TOPICS: 1
TOPICS: Job Mobility
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The open questions about the rise of U.S. job openings

Labor
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Weekend reading: “elusive employment effects” edition

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The level of the U.S. corporate income tax rate is important, but it’s not everything

Tax & Macroeconomics
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Are low-interest rates contributing to low business investment?

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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The problematic returns of for-profit colleges

Families
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Weekend reading: “Last weekend was the long one” edition

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What happens if the “unicorn” bubble bursts?

Tax & Macroeconomics
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What happened to America’s dynamism?

Inequality & MobilityLabor