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