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Oct 21, 2020

Remittances and COVID-19: A Tale of Two Countries

When the pandemic struck the United States, flows of remittances sent to Mexico and El Salvador went in sharply different directions: flows to Mexico rose, and flows to El Salvador dropped. This Policy Hub article looks at reasons behind the divergent remittance levels, including the role possibly played by the uncertain immigration status of migrants in the U.S. labor force.

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.

Jun 12, 2020

Mismatch of Jobs and People: Do Migration Constraints Put Racial Minorities at a Disadvantage?

This Policy Hub article examines the role that a reluctance or inability to relocate plays in the geographic mismatch of jobs and workers, noting a greater mismatch among racial minorities.

Apr 09, 2020

Changes in State Unemployment Insurance Rules during the COVID-19 Outbreak in the U.S.

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented expansion in unemployment insurance eligibility across states, but not all states responded in the same way. The new issue of Policy Hub summarizes the changes to states’ unemployment insurance rules in response to the crisis and looks at factors that have contributed to the variation in states’ responses.