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April 2021

The U.S. productivity slowdown: an economy-wide and industry-level analysis

Shawn Sprague

Labor productivity rates have remained below average since 2005.

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Book Reviews

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Better business incentives for better prosperity

Rafia Mijiyawa

This book uses an economic model and empirical data to examine what makes business incentive programs successful.

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Beyond BLS

Consumer inflation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Richard Works

COVID-19 and consumer spending: How have they affected inflation?

Are temporary layoffs becoming permanent during COVID-19?

Cody Parkinson

What can data about unemployed people on temporary layoff tell us about the economic recovery from COVID-19?

Has COVID-19 affected mothers’ labor market outcomes?

Demetrio Scopelliti

Working mothers may be the most affected by the pandemic.

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June 1982

During the 1970s, some occupations lost workers and some gained—check out this MLR article from June 1982 that highlights the specific winners and losers.

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