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

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Economic context August 11, 2022

Policymakers Face Trade-offs in Supporting Workers’ Economic Mobility and Protecting Them from Inflation

Mixed signals for the economy and low-wage workers in particular—higher wages but also growing inflation—pose thorny trade-offs for policymakers and raise important questions to be prioritized in future research.

Joseph Peck

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

Worker voice, representation, and power July 25, 2022

Defining Job Vulnerability Using an Equity Lens

A deeper understanding of work through a vulnerability framework can help shape policies and practices to mitigate harms and strengthen supports for workers, regardless of their employment status.

Ofronama Biu

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