Wages and employer-provided benefits such as health insurance, paid leave, and retirement savings are fundamental components of job quality. They are primary drivers of people’s economic security and mobility that are determined by a complex set of levers, including market forces, industry norms, employer decisionmaking, and public policy. WorkRise generates evidence on and elevates our understanding of how wages and benefits affect workers’ economic security and mobility.
Employer practices February 12, 2021
Our new blog series highlights evidence and areas for further research on connections between job quality and economic mobility. Our first post shares a new framework for understanding job quality elements and how they affect worker well-being.
Stakeholder voices February 04, 2021
Autor, Ford professor of economics at MIT and WorkRise board member, reflects on raising the minimum wage, fixing unemployment insurance, and other reforms to ensure workers reap rewards from economic growth.
Wages and employer-provided benefits December 11, 2020
Colorado joins eight states and Washington, DC as jurisdictions with paid family leave. Yet without a federal program, gaps in access to paid leave will persist.
Wages and employer-provided benefits October 07, 2020
Because of sluggish wage growth, middle- and low-wage workers in the United States are today doing little better in real terms than similarly situated workers 40 years ago, exacerbating economic burdens experienced by workers during the current COVID-19 crisis. This brief examines the evidence on wage growth for the typical worker over several decades and concludes that efforts to rebuild the U.S. labor market must include policies to accelerate wage growth.