Research Brief

Markups, Labor Market Inequality and the Nature of Work

Odds are, when you think of workers in a modern industrialized economy, you imagine all kinds of jobs, from those on factory floors and farms, to those in sales, marketing, and business development. You might also imagine that, over time, the percentage of people working in so-called blue-collar jobs, while still the majority, has decreased relative to white-collar workers.
Topics:  Employment & Wages
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Synergizing Ventures

In the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates and Paul Allen did not need investors’...
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Industrial Organization, Technology & Innovation
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Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth · The Long-Term Impacts of Grants on Poverty

The old adage about fighting poverty is that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty
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Does One Medicare Fit All? The Economics of Uniform Health Insurance Benefits

When politicians and policymakers worry about the cost of health care, the affordability of prescription medications is often front and center. Given the present focus on prescription drug costs, it may surprise some readers to learn that medications were not included in the original Medicare program enacted in 1965; there were not enough expensive drug treatments to concern policymakers. Indeed, it was nearly 40 years until drug benefits were finally included in Medicare coverage in 2006.
Topics:  Health care
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Friedman Forum: Gender and Human Capital Investments in Developing Countries

On November 1, BFI hosted Alessandra Voena, Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty
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Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees and Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction

For most young people and their parents who live in high-income countries, the decision to attend school is an easy one. School is universally available and free through high school, schooling is mandatory through the age of 16, and most jobs require at least a high school degree. Dropping out of school all but ensures a lifetime of relatively low income.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Health care, K-12 Education
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Trends in Adverse Financial Events Around Disability Application and Decision Dates

After applying for SSDI or SSI disability aid, both those who were denied and allowed...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages
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Social Security Administration Field Office Closings in the US and its Impact on Disability Applicants

This map details the closed and open Social Security Administration offices in 2016. The red...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages