Research Report Imagining a Future of Work That Fosters Mobility for All
Lawerence F. Katz, Ai-jen Poo, Elaine Waxman
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Imagining a Future of Work That Fosters Mobility for All

The changing nature of work presents complex economic and social challenges that affect all workers. To address the challenges of improving economic security and mobility in a rapidly evolving 21st century economy, we recommend investments that support six critical reforms:

  1. Establish a new approach to worker classification that extends basic protections to all workers.
  2. Pilot and scale models for portable benefits.
  3. Invest in building capacity for workers to have a strong voice in their future, including alliances across sectors and with consumers and “high-road” employers.
  4. Establish a subsidized jobs and job guarantee pilot with longer-term investments in wage subsidies.
  5. Expand the earned income tax credit to help make work pay for all workers, including adults without dependent children.
  6. Support a multifaceted strategy for improving jobs and capacity in the care sector.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Social safety net Race and equity Workforce
Tags Subsidized employment Higher education Workforce development Poverty Public service and subsidized employment programs Racial and ethnic disparities Wages and nonwage compensation Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force Job training Public and private investment Unemployment and unemployment insurance Work supports Earned income tax credit Beyond high school: education and training Inequality and mobility Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial equity in education Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Wages and economic mobility