Overview

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.

Working Knowledge

Wages and employer-provided benefits July 22, 2021

New Evidence Sheds Light on Automation’s Role in Task Displacement and Wage Inequality

A new working paper from The National Bureau of Economic Research explores how automation is contributing to wage inequality and displacing certain worker groups from employment opportunities.

Maalik Nickerson , Archana Pyati

Wages and employer-provided benefits June 17, 2021

Employer-Sponsored Small Dollar Loans Improve Workers’ Access to Safe and Affordable Credit

Financial shocks harm both workers and their employers. They undermine a workers' employment and prospects for economic mobility and raise costs for employers.

Archana Pyati

Father and child play
Financial stability May 04, 2021

A Call to Reimagine Work and Benefits to Ensure All Workers Attain Financial Security

WorkRise and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program convened experts to share insights on creating equitable opportunities for low- and middle-wage workers to achieve financial security.

Archana Pyati

Demographic disparities April 13, 2021

Using Behavioral Design to Close the Gender Pay Gap

A new study from ideas42 and TIME's UP Foundation advocates for using behavioral design strategies to close the gender pay gap.

Archana Pyati

Research

Wages and employer-provided benefits October 07, 2020

The Challenge of Slow Wage Growth

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.

William J. Congdon