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Policy Hub: Macroblog provides concise commentary and analysis on economic topics by staff economists and analysts for a broad audience.

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Policy Hub Papers

Policy Hub Papers feature more detailed analyses of economic topics by staff economists and researchers for both academic and nonacademic audiences.

May 09, 2022

Did Substance Abuse during the Pandemic Reduce Labor Force Participation?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, levels of substance abuse rose while labor force participation rates fell. This Policy Hub article examines the impact of heightened substance abuse on the US workforce.

Apr 07, 2022

Who Benefited Most from the CARES Act Unemployment Insurance Provisions?

During the pandemic, the government enhanced unemployment benefits and made them easier to obtain, benefiting many people. But who were the greatest beneficiaries of those enhanced benefits? This Policy Hub article explores which workers felt the greatest impact from temporary changes to unemployment insurance.

Feb 24, 2022

Will Wage Growth Alone Get Workers Back Into the Labor Market? Not Likely.

Wage growth alone is not likely to increase labor force participation to prepandemic levels. New research in Policy Hub finds that not only are younger workers redefining what they want from their work environment, they are less responsive to wage incentives than previous generations.

Sep 01, 2021

Where Are They Now? Workers with Young Children during COVID-19

This Policy Hub article finds that women with very young children made up 10 percent of the prepandemic workforce yet account for nearly a quarter of COVID-related job losses. Daycare limitations appear to be a constraining factor on the availability of workers to fill open positions.

Jun 30, 2021

Marketization of Home Production and Gender Gaps in Working Hours

Gender gaps in working hours vary widely across countries. This Policy Hub article looks at the source of cross-country differences and what kind of policies can reduce the gap in working hours between women and men.