Domestic Public Policy

Upward Mobility and the Structure of the Labor Market in the Aftermath of the Great Recession

Grant Year: 2020

Bruce Sacerdote will explore the extent to which the productive capacity of the U.S. economy and the opportunity for individuals to move up the socioeconomic ladder were harmed by the Great Recession. He will analyze employment and earnings data for working-age individuals between the years 2006 and 2018 to examine whether individuals who experienced long spells of unemployment reentered the workforce as the economy improved, how the earnings of those workers evolved over time, and whether individuals who relocated after a job loss were able to secure higher earnings at their new positions. The project’s findings will be presented in a series of papers.

Dartmouth College Domestic Public Policy