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Reducing barriers to opportunity makes the economy stronger for everyone.

Claire Jeffress, Eileen Morrow and Andrew Raychawdhuri

Michael Weber, an associate professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Jeff Fuhrer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Eastern Bank Foundation, provided insight into the importance of thinking about diverse communities in policymaking at the inaugural Economic Inclusion Seminar Series Fireside Chat.

Emily Ryder Perlmeter

Women in Texas who own small businesses struggle more than men to access loans, post-COVID data show, and the situation is worse for women of color.

Aparna Jayashankar and Xiaohan Zhang

The COVID-19 pandemic severely depressed U.S. labor force participation. Although the pandemic has eased, people ages 20–24 and those over 55 have been less likely to return to the workforce.

Aparna Jayashankar, Xiaohan Zhang and Jason Saving

Research has shown that the Earned Income Tax Credit, the largest of the U.S. antipoverty programs, boosts labor force participation among single mothers. It does not, in the aggregate, have the same effect on married mothers.

Anna Crockett and Xiaohan Zhang

This article sheds light on how several demographic groups have differed in their response to business cycles over time and how their disconnection rates have changed in recent years.

Anna Crockett and Xiaohan Zhang

The sharp rise during the pandemic in young people who are neither in school nor working—often referred to as “opportunity youth”—is the exacerbation of a problem that has gradually worsened in the past two decades.

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