Working Knowledge

The Working Knowledge blog shares evidence-based insights and perspectives on rebuilding a more equitable and resilient labor market.

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Federal policy October 12, 2021

Lessons from Unemployment Benefit Expansions during the COVID-19 and Great Recessions

Last week’s jobs report reopens questions about the effects of pandemic-era unemployment insurance (UI) programs while they were in place, the way they were allowed to lapse, and considerations for their reintroduction.

William J. Congdon, Archana Pyati , Joseph Peck

Employer practices October 06, 2021

Skills, Degrees, and Persistent Inequality: The Opportunity Gap between STARs and Workers with 4-Year Degrees

Workers without four-year degrees, many of whom have significant job experience and are skilled through alternative routes, face a systemic opportunity gap in the labor market.

Justin Heck

Skills and training September 02, 2021

Building Evidence on Occupational Identity Could Lead to New Approaches for Improving Labor Market Outcomes for Young People

Understanding how young adults form and mediate occupational identity could inform strategies to improve labor market outcomes.

Maalik Nickerson

Worker voice, representation, and power August 16, 2021

Improving Work for Independent Contractors through Worker Voice and Power

The challenges independent workers face have become more visible during the pandemic and has increased calls for better workplace protections and conditions.

Jacqueline Rayfield, Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere