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David Autor is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the determinants of inequality, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology, automation, and trade on labor market outcomes. He has been an NBER affiliate since 1999.

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Alexandre Mas is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the role of fairness considerations, social forces, credit disruptions, and other factors in affecting labor market outcomes. He has been an NBER affiliate since 2006.

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This figure is a two-panel line graph titled, Earnings Trajectories Following Job Losses for Low-Wage Workers.  The following description is for the left-side panel.  The y-axis is labeled, change in probability of having any earnings ($), relative to control group. It ranges from negative 30 to positive 5 percent, increasing in increments of 5.  The x-axis is labeled, quarters since shock, ranging from negative 12 to 24, increasing in increments of 4. There is a vertical dotted line at 0 which is labeled,
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The effect of job losses on workers’ subsequent earnings is a subject of long-standing interest in labor economics. For a well-paid worker, losing a job...
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The COVID pandemic had a mixed effect on the gig economy. On the one hand, the overall number of contract and freelance workers fell. This is evident from...
This figure is a scatter plot titled, Labor Force Participation and the Extended Tax Credit. The y-axis is labeled, labor force participation rates of parents. It ranges from 60 to 90 percent, increasing in increments of 5. The x-axis is labeled, percentile of child tax credit benefit eligibility. It ranges from 0 to 100, increasing in increments of 20.  There are two categories of scatter plots: Extended CTC in effect, symbolized by hollow blue squares, and Prior to extension of CTC, marked by red circles.
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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 increased the maximum benefit per child of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to between $3,000 and $3,600 for the period...
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