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Jun 03, 2021

Wage Pressures in the Labor Market: What Do They Say?

Are wage pressures among the newly employed in low-wage service occupations the result of normal economic forces? This Policy Hub article examines how these pressures reflect demand surges for workers in occupations particularly hard hit by pandemic-induced economic shutdowns.

Oct 08, 2020

Where There's Smoke...: The Wage Impact of Smoking

Like other decisions made early in life, the decision to start smoking can contribute significantly to outcomes much later. This Policy Hub article looks at the wage penalty smokers face, examines how the determination of that penalty differs by gender, and illustrates why early intervention anti-smoking campaigns are important for not only health but also because of smoking's long-term impact on wages.

Jul 13, 2020

Wage Growth over Unemployment Spells

Could the COVID-19 pandemic have enduring effects on people's long-term earnings? In this Policy Hub article, the authors suggest that the pandemic not only led to unprecedented job losses, it could also lead to sizable wage losses for a large fraction of unemployed people after they find new jobs.