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Class Notes: Barriers to neighborhood choice, wage expectations, and more

This week in Class Notes: Barriers in the housing search process contribute to residential segregation by income. Greater Medicaid eligibility promotes many positive outcomes for children, including increased college enrollment, lower mortality, decreased reliance on the Earned Income Tax Credit, and higher wage incomes for women. The large gender gap in wage expectations closely resembles actual wage differences, and career sorting and negotiation styles affect the...

World Employment and Social Outlook

This new flagship publication from the ILO will be published twice a year, in January and in June. The January report will provide the latest projections for employment and social trends for the next few years. The June report will use a multidisciplinary approach based on...

Is rent control making a comeback?

The 1970s sparked some cultural trends that have since fallen out of favor, such as disco and platform shoes. Among housing economists, the 1970s are infamous as the decade that a smattering of U.S. cities adopted or expanded rent regulations. Since then, rent regulation has been...

Who’s employed by the lifestyles of the rich and famous?

One of the most disconcerting features of today's polarized labor market is its stark "U-shape," by which high-pay and low-pay occupational groups (like business-finance and food service, respectively) expand as a share of the national workforce, while middle-pay/middle-skill occupations (like sales and production) shrink. (Download the data appendix here, which...

Mallika Thomas

Mallika Thomas is Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, with a specialization in labor economics, economics of the family, information and personnel economics. Mallika is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in the Industrial Relations...