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Advancing inclusion through clean energy jobs

ContentsIntroductionWhy clean energy jobs matterMaking clean energy sectors more inclusiveThe transition to a clean energy economy continues. Motivated by mounting scientific evidence, shifting market forces, and in some cases policy, U.S. industries are installing more zero-carbon energy sources, developing more energy-efficient products, and adopting more environmentally-sensitive...

Automation perpetuates the red-blue divide

If economic anxiety is a factor in the nation’s backlash politics, the spread of automation is likely an important context for understanding it. Economist Jed Kolko has explored this link with federal data organized to map the geography of “routine” jobs most at risk of automation....

A unified approach to measuring u∗

DOWNLOAD Download the conference draft » ABSTRACT This paper bridges the gap between two popular approaches to estimating the natural rate of unemployment, u∗t. The first approach uses detailed labor market indicators such as labor market flows, cross-sectional data on unemployment and vacancies or various measures...

What is u*?

The measure known as u* (pronounced you-star), also referred to as the natural rate of unemployment or NAIRU (the non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment), is the rate of unemployment at which inflation is stable. If unemployment is higher than u*, then there are a lot of...