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  • Game pieces atop stacks of coins of various heights, depicting income inequity, photo by Andrii Zastrozhnov/Getty Images

    Research Brief

    A New Approach to Measuring Income Inequality

    Apr 30, 2021

    A new method for measuring income inequality reveals that, from 1975 to 2018, the only group for which actual income gains exceeded U.S. GDP growth was the group near the 99th percentile of income distribution.

  • People rally at the Poor People's Campaign Moral Monday demonstration near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2021, photo by Bryan Olin Dozier/Reuters

    Commentary

    Is the Fight for $15 Going to Cost Low-Wage Workers Their Health Insurance?

    Oct 11, 2021

    Minimum wage increases can lead to reductions in employer-sponsored health insurance for some workers and their dependents. If policymakers want to raise the minimum wage, they should look beyond standard labor market outcomes and take into account other potential effects.

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    Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    An ongoing assessment of employment and wages in energy and advanced manufacturing industries in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia region captures trends about which counties might have greater demand for educating or employing local talent in STEM careers.

    Mar 22, 2017

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    The Role of Special and Incentive Pays in Retaining Military Mental Health Care Providers

    Describes a methodology, based on RAND's dynamic retention model, for assessing how alternative special and incentive pay adjustments affect the retention of mental health care officers.

    Mar 9, 2017

  • Young barista working in a cafe

    Commentary

    Finding the 'Sweet Spot' in the UK Minimum Wage Debate

    Increases in the UK national minimum wages have not had adverse effects on employment overall. But it's important that the new national living wage and minimum wage aren’t increased to a point that is unsustainable for businesses.

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Female IT professional checking on network servers using a laptop

    Commentary

    To Increase Diversity in Tech, We Need to Rethink What 'Tech' Is

    The tech sector is a driving force for high-skill, high-wage job creation in the United States, but too few women and minorities reap the gains. Rethinking what defines today's tech jobs, along with greater investment in public-private partnerships, could go a long way toward bridging the diversity gap.

    Nov 17, 2016

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    Commentary

    Book Review: 'Bourgeois Equality'

    In Bourgeois Equality, economist and historian Deirdre McCloskey advances the theory that ideas — not capital, institutions, innovation, R&D, tax policy, monetary policy, or regulatory policy — are the propelling force behind economic and societal growth.

    Sep 30, 2016

  • A worker lying injured on the ground

    Research Brief

    California's 2012 Workers' Compensation Reforms Helped Replace Wages and Offset Earnings Losses After the Great Recession

    Workers' compensation reforms (Senate Bill 863) have likely increased wage replacement rates for permanently disabled Californians by 21.4 percentage points since 2012. The bill is helping to offset the recession's lasting effects on earnings losses.

    Sep 27, 2016

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    Benefits and Earnings Losses for Permanently Disabled Workers in California: Trends Through the Great Recession and Effects of Recent Reforms

    Following California's major reforms to the state workers' compensation system, RAND researchers assess trends in earnings loss and permanent partial disability benefits before the reforms, as well as how the reforms might affect injury compensation.

    Sep 27, 2016

  • Federal Reserve Building in Washington, D.C.

    Commentary

    Central Bank Perversity: The Downside to Aggressive Monetary Policy

    Aggressive monetary policy has negative effects on retirees, on income inequality, and on market stability—both domestically and globally.

    Sep 13, 2016

  • Audience members cheer during a union rally for higher minimum wages in New York City, New York, January 4, 2016

    Commentary

    Working for $7.25 an Hour: Exploring the Minimum Wage Debate

    Raising the minimum wage is likely to change employee and employer behavior in ways that raise efficiency and offset increased costs. But raising it too high may lead to negative effects like reduced sales, outsourcing, and offshoring.

    Sep 1, 2016

  • A dishwasher working in a restaurant kitchen

    Commentary

    College Education No Panacea for Worker Inequality Woes

    The earnings gap between high school and college graduates has grown with each generation, but even a college degree does not ensure a good income. Just as the nature of jobs for high school graduates has been changing due to consolidation, trade, and technology, the quality of employment for college graduates is beginning to shift.

    Aug 31, 2016

  • A man working at a 3D printer

    Commentary

    Evolving 21st-Century Workplace and the American Workforce: Trends and Policy Responses

    Three trends have important implications for the future of work: a shifting demography toward older workers, more women, and more diversity; continuing technological change that will increase the demand for skilled workers; and increased globalization.

    Aug 23, 2016

  • Demonstrators march in the Occupy LA protest through downtown Los Angeles to City Hall on October 15, 2011

    Commentary

    Fixing Inequality of Opportunity

    Research has fueled concerns about how income inequality drives inequality of opportunity. Commonsense approaches such as improvements in education and access to quality health care have been shown to provide young people with better opportunities.

    Jul 6, 2016

  • Six stick figures standing on steps

    Report

    How Does Income Inequality Impact Opportunity?

    Rising income inequality can affect outcomes for children of parents with lower incomes by limiting their opportunities. Understanding the extent to which inequalities in opportunity and outcomes are related can help determine which policies have the most potential to level the playing field.

    May 23, 2016

  • High school student talking to a teacher near lockers

    Commentary

    The Hidden Costs of Pension Plan Reform

    While there are many policy options that may decrease pension liabilities for Chicago and cities and states in similar situations, some options being considered may also have serious consequences for the public sector workforce, now and in the future.

    May 18, 2016

  • Teacher helping schoolboy.

    Research Brief

    How Different Pension Policies Can Impact Teacher Retention

    A dynamic retention model can help policymakers concerned with mounting pension costs estimate and analyze the relationship between different retirement benefit policies and retention over the career of Chicago public school teachers.

    May 2, 2016

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    News Release

    Examining Wages, Employment and STEM Education at County Level for the Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    The first-ever county-level examination of wages and employment for workers with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to support long-term economic growth in the region by preparing K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 16, 2016

  • Two engineers check the status of equipment in a manufacturing facility

    Report

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    The first county-level examination of wages and employment for workers in the Appalachia region with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to prepare K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

    Mar 9, 2016

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    News Release

    Proportion of Young Female Anesthesiologists Increases, but Compensation Still Lower Than Male Colleagues

    An increasing number of young female physicians are becoming anesthesiologists. But their pay lags behind their male peers, even after accounting for differences, such as hours worked and experience.

    Sep 17, 2015

  • Pupils raising their hands during class

    Report

    The Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in PA Public Schools

    Although Pennsylvania ranks high among U.S. states in average student performance, the achievement gaps between students classified by race-ethnicity, economic status, and parent education are among the widest nationally. Race-ethnic academic achievement gaps amount to an estimated annual cost of $1 billion to $3 billion in lost earnings.

    Jul 13, 2015

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    Dissertation

    Essays on Family Welfare and Indian Development Policy

    Explores family welfare and economic development in India.

    Dec 16, 2014

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