In this analysis, we examine how prime-age working (ages 25–54) men and women allocate their time, overall and by parental status. This analysis shows that for some, especially mothers, caregiving and other household obligations reduce the amount of time that can be spent looking for work and working.
The Hamilton Project looks back over its work and features one chart for every month of 2019.
The Hamilton Project analyzes the characteristics and labor force participation of Americans who were living in poverty in 2018. Researchers found that although the poverty rate has declined, barriers remain to lifting households out of poverty.
The final rule on work requirement waivers, released on December 4, 2019, weakens SNAP's role as an automatic stabilizer and a critical element of the safety net. The Hamilton Project analysis finds that the final rule would respond more slowly to a recession than current rules as well as the proposed rule, would curb a state’s ability to apply for work requirement waivers when its economy is weak or relatively weak compared to the overall national economy, and would severely limit access to SNAP during a sluggish recovery.
In an analysis of veterans and the work force, The Hamilton Project finds that school enrollment and disability status are among the most important factors in determining veterans’ labor force participation.
In an op-ed written by Kriston McIntosh, Ryan Nunn and Jay Shambaugh, The Hamilton Project explains why increasing demand for labor and removing impediments to work can build an economy that shares its benefits more broadly.
A new data interactive by The Hamilton Project—which includes data for every school and zip code in the U.S.—examines factors that affect learning at local elementary, middle and high school levels.
There is no single explanation for the vulnerability of American workers today, but one crucial trend is the erosion of private-sector union membership. The Hamilton Project takes a closer look at the decline in union coverage, and identifies opportunities to reinforce existing rules or enhance the framework governing collective bargaining.
In the latest analysis, The Hamilton Project explores how the nation’s underemployment rate reveals very different labor market outcomes for black, Hispanic, and white workers in the U.S.
The latest analysis from The Hamilton Project explores how teenagers (16–19-year-olds) have shifted away from working or seeking work and the impact this change has on the broader labor force participation rate.
Much of the nation’s economic activity is made possible by roads and railways. As policymakers consider new directions for infrastructure policy, The Hamilton Project outlines investment proposals that could facilitate economic growth and promote climate resiliency, as well as minimize the damage of a recession as an effective fiscal stimulus.
Early childhood education improves school readiness and has impacts not only into adulthood, but on the next generation, according to commentary by Fellow Lauren Bauer on the latest Head Start Impact Study.
Despite strong GDP growth and the longest uninterrupted streak of job growth in recorded U.S. history, another economic downturn will be inevitable. The Hamilton Project explores the most direct approaches to identify recessions—including a rapidly increasing unemployment rate—in order to plan a timely response that can mitigate damages.
Despite a steadily improving U.S. labor market in recent years, unemployed workers today have more trouble finding a job than they did at the peak of the last business cycle in 2006, and have a much lower job-finding rate than in 2000. In the latest analysis, The Hamilton Project compares the rates of finding a job pre-, mid- and post-recession, as well as shifts in unemployment over the years.
How and why does occupational licensing exist? As policymakers consider reforms, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn and Gabriel Scheffler of Penn Law School and Yale Law School explore the explanations of “public interest” and “public choice.”
This tax season, some Americans will receive a financial boost from federal and state refunds while others will face unexpected payments. The Hamilton Project takes this moment to highlight three types of reform that would promote work—focusing on secondary earners, caregivers of young children, and low-wage workers.
Despite a growing aging population in the U.S. in recent decades, labor force participation among older Americans continues to rise. A new Hamilton Project analysis examines the significance of this trend on the economy’s potential future growth.
Each March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. The Hamilton Project takes this opportune moment to reflect on women’s changing labor market fortunes and its impact on the U.S. economy.
Where is employment growing the fastest? In this analysis, The Hamilton Project uses its own Vitality Index to assist in comparing job growth across places since the depths of the recession.
In a new analysis, Ryan Nunn, Jana Parsons and Jay Shambaugh highlight a new Hamilton Project interactive that shows where and how places are thriving—or struggling—throughout the United States. They find that gaps across places today are large and meaningful for economic outcomes.
The modern distribution of black Americans closely relates to the historical patterns of the black population. Jay Shambaugh, Ryan Nunn and Stacy A. Anderson reflect on how U.S. policies have shaped where people live and the opportunities people have in those communities.
Despite the focus on monthly job reports and unemployment rates, which offer important signals about the state of the economy, it is growth in real household income that is the most relevant statistic for most families in the United States.
Overly restrictive regulations can prevent many workers from finding the employment that best fits their talents and training. In this op-ed, Hamilton Project Policy Director Ryan Nunn outlines policy actions to improve licensing and ultimately make labor markets more effective and competitive.
In this economic analysis, Fellow Lauren Bauer characterizes those who were living in poverty in 2017—many facing significant barriers to working their way out of poverty including caregivers, students and the disabled.