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Insights / Research BriefMar 08, 2023

Inference for Ranks with Applications to Mobility Across Neighborhoods and Academic Achievement Across Countries

Magne Mogstad, Joseph P. Romano, Azeem M. Shaikh, Daniel Wilhelm
One of the most influential ideas to arise out of recent economic research is the notion that people’s ability to move up the income ladder over generations is heavily influenced by where they live. If you reside in certain areas of the US Southeast, for example, you will experience less upward mobility than if, say, you live in certain areas of the Great Plains. Further, these variations occur at a neighborhood level, such that if you live in a city, for example, you will experience differences in intergenerational mobility depending on where you live within that city. In other words, location is destiny, at least on average.
Insights / Research BriefMar 06, 2023

Remote Work Across Jobs, Companies, and Space

Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Stephen Hansen, Peter John Lambert, Raffaella Sadun, Bledi Taska
From 2019 to early 2023, the share of job postings offering remote work for one or more days per week rose more than three-fold in the United States and by a factor of five or more in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefJan 18, 2023

Time Savings When Working from Home

Cevat Giray Aksoy, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Mathias Dolls, Pablo Zarate
Work from home saved about two hours per week per worker in 2021 and 2022, and will likely save about one hour per week per worker after the pandemic ends; workers allocate 40 percent of time savings to work and about 11 percent to caregiving activities.
Topics:  Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefOct 28, 2021

The Returns to College(s): Relative Value-Added and Match Effects in Higher Education

Jack Mountjoy, Brent R. Hickman
Of the many decisions facing high school students—and their parents—few loom larger than whether and where to attend college. Families with college-bound children often go to great lengths to ensure admission into a “good” school. But do colleges with successful graduates actually contribute to their students’ success, or simply enroll the types of students who would do well no matter where they attend?
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefJun 28, 2021

Task-Based Discrimination

Erik Hurst, Yona Rubinstein, Kazuatsu Shimizu
One puzzle for researchers in recent decades surrounds two seemingly contradictory facts: The wage gap between Black and White men has remained stubbornly large in recent decades while, over the same period, racial discrimination has steadily declined. This divergence has occurred even as the racial gap in test scores, conditional on education, has also narrowed.
Topics:  Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeMay 19, 2021

College Sports: Show Me The Money

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, Michael McCann
Division I schools make billions off athletic programs, with close to two-thirds coming from men’s...
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Podcast episodeDec 31, 2020

The Pandemic Recession’s Gender Gap

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Yana Gallen, Yana Gallen
Women suffered significantly in the early months of the current recession, raising important questions about...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefAug 12, 2020

Trade and Domestic Production Networks

When most people think about international trade, they likely imagine large companies trading goods back and forth among many countries, and they likely picture rows and rows of colorful intermodal containers stacked on huge transport ships.