Overview

Many workers in the US experience limited opportunities and are over- or underrepresented in certain kinds of jobs because of occupational segregation and discrimination. They are affected in adverse and unequal ways in the labor market based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and other demographic characteristics. WorkRise generates evidence on and elevates our understanding of how demographic disparities and inequities can be addressed to promote economic mobility for all workers and create a more equitable labor market.

Working Knowledge

Demographic disparities July 26, 2022

New and Noteworthy: Research highlighting racial inequalities in unemployment insurance

In this month’s New and Noteworthy column, we explore new evidence on persistent racial equity gaps in the unemployment insurance (UI) system.

Archana Pyati

Federal policy June 28, 2022

Roe v. Wade’s Reversal Poses a Disproportionate Threat to Black Women’s Economic Mobility

The June 24 US Supreme Court ruling, which struck down the constitutional right to an abortion, will undermine Black women’s educational attainment, occupational outcomes, and lifetime earnings.

Elisabeth Jacobs, Andrew Boardman, Archana Pyati

Demographic disparities June 22, 2022

Beyond Pay Gaps, Women Face Disparities in Dignity at Work

Exploring the gender gap in dignity at work. In addition to inequities in pay, women experience less respect and recognition on the job according to a new study.

Andrew Boardman

Demographic disparities May 26, 2022

New Student Research Builds Evidence on Different Dimensions of Inequality

WorkRise grantee, the Opportunity Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, hosted a convening where student researchers shared new work examining historical roots and international examples of labor market inequality.

Joseph Broadus

Research

Federal policy March 29, 2022

Income Inequality, Race, and the EITC

New grantee research finds the 1993 expansion of the earned income tax credit reduced income inequality among Black and white households in the lower half of the income distribution through a significant employment response among Black households.
Job search and matching January 14, 2022

Rise with the STARs

New research from WorkRise grantee Opportunity@Work demonstrates the harm and exclusion workers without four-year degrees who are “skilled through alternative routes” (STARs) experience in the labor market.

Papia Debroy, Justin Heck

Demographic disparities September 28, 2020

Racial Inequality in the Labor Market and Employment Opportunities

This brief explores the persistent inequities and disparities in outcomes experienced by people of color in the U.S. labor market through key data points, delves into root causes based on a review of the evidence, and identifies key gaps in our knowledge of why and how labor market inequality endures.

K. Steven Brown