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November 17, 2021

Lawmakers have long debated a federal paid family leave law, and now, as the issue hits a critical moment of decision on Capitol Hill, new research by SIEPR's Maya Rossin-Slater indicates support for paid leave among small employers has increased.


November 16, 2021

As Congress prepares to vote on a social spending bill, SIEPR’s Jacob Goldin explains why economists are rallying behind the child tax credit.

Mark Duggan and Phillip Swagel
November 12, 2021

Phillip Swagel discussed the need for more research on policy-relevant topics and the importance of keeping the agency above the political fray during his daylong meetings with students and researchers.

Media Mentions

Nick Bloom
November 5, 2021 | CNBC

As pressure on the labor force builds, CNBC explores how to address the twin challenges of a labor shortage and the Great Resignation. SIEPR's Nick Bloom weighs in: "Being creative about work-life balance is another way to retain and recruit."

Matthew Gentzkow
October 27, 2021 | The New York Times

Research by SIEPR's Matthew Gentzkow suggests that partisan hostility between Democrats and Republicans is steadily worsening: "The forces fracturing the political system are clearly stronger than the forces pushing for consensus."

Charles Kolstad
October 25, 2021 | Reuters

A recent Reuters poll of climate economists shows that hitting the Paris Agreement goal of net-zero carbon emissions will require sizable investments in a green transition, far less than the economic cost of inaction. SIEPR's Charles Kolstad is quoted.


As policymakers and business leaders move forward in an economic landscape transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, SIEPR researchers are analyzing and informing their decisions. Follow the impact of our scholars’ work as the world strives to rebound.