Research Report Inclusive Recovery in US Cities
Erika C. Poethig, Solomon Greene, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Tanaya Srini, Brady Meixell
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Some cities have harnessed economic recoveries to improve on inclusion, or the opportunity for all residents—particularly historically excluded populations—to benefit from and contribute to economic prosperity. In this report, we conduct the first empirical analysis of how economic health and inclusion interact in US cities over several decades. We report on trends in economic health and inclusion across many cities and within a smaller subset of cities that have experienced an economic recovery. To better understand whether and how an economic recovery can support inclusive outcomes, we delve deeper into four cities that improved on inclusion measures during their recovery. Through discussions with individuals, an in-person convening, and a review of literature, we identify key lessons and common building blocks that can support progress on inclusion during a city’s economic recovery.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Children and youth Families Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Employment Families with low incomes Family and household data Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Tracking the economy Racial segregation Wealth inequality Schooling Unemployment and unemployment insurance Inequality and mobility Community and economic development Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial equity in education Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Inclusive recovery
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