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Emily Ryder Perlmeter

Years before the term “she-cession” became part of our national lexicon, the number of businesses owned by women was growing at a rate more than twice that of all businesses. Despite their increasing importance to the economy, women-owned firms were less likely than firms owned by men to be financially healthy heading into the COVID-19 economic crisis.

Jason Saving and Xiaohan Zhang

Social scientists have found in some instances that safety-net programs sometimes reduce recipients’ incentive to work and thereby provide a headwind to U.S. economic growth.

Anna Crockett and Xiaohan Zhang

Understanding which teachers were likelier to leave the industry over the past two years and the factors that could have influenced their decision to leave are at the heart of this study.

Xiaohan Zhang and Jason Saving

In many respects, the pandemic has disproportionately harmed low-income workers. Earnings growth, triggered by labor shortages and high turnover rates, could be a rare exception.

Jane Santa Cruz and Marycruz De Leon

Like millions of people across the U.S., many residents of Doña Ana County in southern New Mexico struggle to find the internet access they need for school, work and daily life.

Anna Crockett and Xiaohan Zhang

When the pandemic first struck and many child care centers closed, ECE worker unemployment spiked. Now that two years have passed since the onset of COVID-19 in the United States, to what extent has the industry recovered?

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