Where people live in the United States is often a key determinant of their economic outcomes. This article explores the disparities that exist between counties, and considers place-based policies to support disadvantaged communities across the country.
How are real incomes rising even as real wages are flat? Ryan Nunn and Jay Shambaugh take a closer look at outcomes over the past few years, and factors that play a role in determining the household income growth rate.
Where people live in the U.S. makes a big difference to their chances of enjoying a long and prosperous life. Kriston McIntosh, Ryan Nunn and Jay Shambaugh explain a "vitality index" developed by The Hamilton Project to explore—at county level—why some places thrive while others struggle.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that 39.7 million Americans experienced poverty last year. In this commentary, Lauren Bauer takes a closer look at the numbers and argues for a job market that delivers more full-time positions, increases the wage returns to work, and maintains safety net programs.
Despite economic gains and recent increases, the share of Americans ages 25-54 participating in the labor force is still below pre-Great Recession level. The Hamilton Project provides an update of the employment rate gap by race/ethnicity and level of education.
The Hamilton Project has released a new interactive map that examines chronic absence rates at the school, district, and state levels. The map accompanies a new report offering a comprehensive analysis of nationwide data on chronic absence in U.S. schools, and recommend tools and strategies for reducing chronic absence.
In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn discusses occupational licensing reform and its potential impact on the U.S. health care system. Nunn outlines several types of considerations to achieve best practices in the health care sector.
Ryan Nunn and Jay Shambaugh's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's Management and Organizational Practices (MOPS) survey finds that management competence does not increase with firm age, and that small firms often lack the management skills necessary to help their firms grow. New Hamilton Project policy solutions would include more rigorous evaluation of management practices and strengthen entrepreneurship as a result.
Millions of Americans could lose their SNAP benefits if Congress adopts additional work requirements that mandate SNAP beneficiaries work at least 20 hours per week. Lauren Bauer and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach argue that work requirements will burden those already in the labor market, especially SNAP recipients who shift between full-time and part-time work due to labor market volatility.
Over the last three years, amid a strengthening labor market, the prime-age (25- to 54-year-old) labor force participation rate has increased. This blog post explores the forces driving this trend and the implications of this increase on the long-term trend in labor force participation.
To investigate the extent of exposure to additional work requirements for SNAP participants, we describe monthly employment stability and find considerable churn in the labor market across the 20 hours per week threshold proposed in the House Farm Bill. Over 16 months, between one in five and one in three adults 18-59 without young children at home could be exposed to sanction under the House work requirement proposal.
Food insecurity is associated with negative educational outcomes and declining physical health in children. In this blog post, Lauren Bauer documents the current state of food insecurity among families with children and offers policy solutions drawn from recent Hamilton Project reports.
SNAP purchasing power varies significantly with location, leaving some families vulnerable to food insecurity and negative child outcomes. In this blog post, Hilary W. Hoynes and James P. Ziliak argue for a geographic adjustment to the maximum benefit calculation in order to improve child health and reduce food insecurity.
A family getting by on $117,400 in San Francisco can now be considered 'low income', according to government figures. Jay Shambaugh and Ryan Nunn explain this phenomenon by breaking down the variation in earnings and cost of living across the U.S.
Lauren Bauer and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach provide an update on the state of food insecurity in the U.S., noting that despite economic growth across the country, food insecurity among households with children is still above its pre-recession level.
In this op-ed, Jay Shambaugh and Ryan Nunn describe the need for vigorous competition and more entrepreneurship in the U.S. economy and outline policies to spur new business creation and reduce market concentration.
An estimated 15.5 million U.S. workers have alternative arrangements for their primary employment—this includes independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms. Alternative work arrangements may on the one hand represent flexibility of the U.S. labor market; on the other hand, such arrangements may indicate insufficient labor demand. These new arrangements likely require different labor market institutions to protect workers as well as new data to properly understand the state of the labor market.
Matt Marx of Boston University and Ryan Nunn of the Hamilton Project describe the conditions under which non-competes are used and explain how current practices limit entrepreneurship, information flow, and worker mobility
Fellow Lauren Bauer breaks down why chronic absenteeism matters for all students, drawing on a new Hamilton Project strategy paper on school accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Limited college access is an issue that impacts students from a wide variety of backgrounds, including those from both rural and urban communities. In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh and University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Abigail Wozniak offer strategies to encourage geographic mobility at college entry and exit.
Revitalizing wage growth is crucial to raising living standards, yet U.S. wage growth has been disappointing both in recent years and over the last several decades. In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh and Policy Director Ryan Nunn outline several policy actions that could help lift wage growth.
Despite progress in recent years, women still face pay disparities in the labor market. In this blog, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh and Policy Director Ryan Nunn analyze the gender gap and present options for policies to reduce it.
The President’s 2019 budget contains a variety of proposals that would reshape policy and reallocate spending across various agencies and policy programs. As the nation debates the pros and cons of these proposals, it is imperative that they be informed by reliable data—data that is often collected and made freely available by the federal statistical agencies. In this blog, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn discusses the merits of sound federal data collection.
The recently released Trump Administration 2019 budget includes forecasts for economic growth that are substantially more positive than most private sector or other government forecasts. In this blog, Hamilton Project Director Jay Shambaugh assesses these forecasts.