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Papers July 16, 2020

Will competition be another COVID-19 casualty?

The economic crisis in the wake of the pandemic is changing the business landscape, exacerbating concerns about the state of competition in the U.S. economy.  …
Papers May 7, 2020

The labor market experiences of workers in alternative work arrangements

In 2017, over 15 million workers (about 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce) were in alternative work arrangements. In this economic analysis, Ryan Nunn and…
Papers October 3, 2019

Labor force nonparticipation: Trends, causes, and policy solutions

In this strategy paper, The Hamilton Project explores the decline in U.S. LFPR as well as patterns by age, gender, race, and education. We then assess potentia…
Papers May 16, 2019

How stabilizing has fiscal policy been?

Louise Sheiner and Michael Ng investigate the cyclicality of fiscal policy over the past 40 years, finding that fiscal policy has been increasingly countercycl…
Papers May 16, 2019

The damage done by recessions and how to respond

Automatic stabilizers are designed to expand during an economic downturn and contract during an expansion—providing timely and temporary fiscal stimulus. Boush…
Policy Proposals March 15, 2019

Addressing modern debtors’ prisons with graduated economic sanctions that depend on ability to pay

The use of monetary sanctions to punish crimes ranging from minor traffic or public order offenses to the most serious felonies is ubiquitous in the United Sta…
Economic Facts January 31, 2019

Nine facts about state and local policy

Policy debates often focus only on major decisions made in Washington, DC. But for many Americans, the decisions made much closer to home have just as large, i…
Papers December 6, 2018

Labor market considerations for a national job guarantee

In this framing paper, Ryan Nunn, Jimmy O'Donnell, and Jay Shambaugh evaluate the potential labor market impacts of several employment support policies, wi…
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