Thinking Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted labor market inequities. A growing body of research shows how much the economy stands to gain from addressing them.
Presumptive eligibility expands consumer choice and can empower consumers to access public funded home and community-based services without lengthy determination delays.
The pandemic has highlighted longstanding gaps in bank account access and ownership for older adults.
While the deployment of vaccines in nursing homes has largely been a success thus far, facilities are far from finishing this task. They must now enter a next phase of vaccination and confront a new set of issues.
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Temporary jobs, usually the first to be added at the beginning of economic recoveries, are now rising. Older jobseekers trying to reenter the job market may view temporary jobs as an onramp back into employment.
Recent federal actions improve access to affordable health insurance.
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A payment pause and expanded employer assistance help some borrowers tackle their student loans, although others are left out.
Student loan debt was never meant to last a lifetime or become a threat to retirement security. Yet today, borrowers frequently wind up carrying it into retirement, long beyond their working years.
Many of the trends that informed predictions about the future US workforce have reversed during the pandemic. Now economists wonder how workers across multiple generations will bear the pandemic's effects into the next decade.
The temporary removal of the EITC age restriction would be a long-overdue change that should be made permanent.
Transportation experts foresee a future in which shared mobility and autonomous vehicles (AVs) set off a revolution in the transportation sector.
Fifteen years ago, this week, we proposed the Automatic IRA as a way to boost retirement saving among the multitudes of American workers – now numbering roughly 55 million – who have no retirement plan at work.
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It's time for a national vision for housing, with policies that make housing more affordable and account for both historic disparities and changing population needs.