Funded Projects

WorkRise invests in research projects that generate evidence on both challenges and solutions to accelerating economic mobility for workers. 

How Does Short-Time Compensation Shape Labor Market Outcomes?

This project will analyze and compare labor market outcomes for workers participating in Unemployment Insurance and Short-Time Compensation programs during the COVID-19 crisis and the Great Recession.

Cash and Near-Cash Safety Net Programs and Labor Market Outcomes

Using linked datasets, this project will address knowledge gaps in research on employment, work hours, and other labor market outcomes of people participating in the SNAP, TANF, and EITC programs.

How Does Task Assignment Increase Workers’ Earnings Mobility?

Researchers will build evidence on how employers allocate tasks and whether “bridging tasks” improve wages and economic mobility for workers in entry-level, low-wage jobs.

Using Matched-Pair Testing to Uncover Unlawful Employment Practices in Temporary Staffing

This project will conduct matched-pair testing at temporary staffing agencies to generate evidence on potential discrimination against workers of color in the light industrial sector.

How Does Federal and State Wage and Employment Policy Shape Racial Disparities in Earnings and Economic Mobility?

Researchers will build public-use datasets that generate evidence on how minimum wage policies and the federal-state Unemployment Insurance program have both mitigated and exacerbated racial inequality.

Impacts of Extending Child Care Subsidies to Parents in Education and Training

Researchers will use microsimulation to model the effects on employment and income if childcare subsidies were made available to all parents enrolled in education and training programs.

Creating Paths for STARs: Increasing Mobility Opportunities for Workers without BA Degrees

This project will generate insights on occupational pathways that can drive upward mobility for the estimated 71 million people in the US labor market who lack college degrees but are “skilled through alternative routes.”

Schedule Control at IKEA: How Does Worker Schedule Control Impact Employee Economic Security and Mobility?

The research team will conduct a pilot experiment with retailer IKEA that develops, tests, and evaluates new ways of giving hourly workers greater control over their schedules and assesses both employee and employer outcomes.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Pursuit Fellowship

Researchers will conduct a multiyear RCT to determine economic mobility outcomes of participants in the Pursuit Fellowship, a postsecondary IT skill and professional development program that prepares low-income adults without college degrees for careers in the tech industry.