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Research & Publications

The center's research portfolio is both broad and deep, spanning many academic disciplines and encompassing traditional research as well as executive sessions, case-based research, and action research.


Using Shift Project data, the EPI Company Wage Tracker breaks down and compares what workers earn per hour at the largest firms in the service sector.


According to a Boston Fed report using Shift Project data, many service workers at large companies didn’t get expanded paid sick leave benefits during COVID-19.


New research by Sandra Susan Smith and Christopher Herring explores the impacts of "Ban-the-Box" legislation on employment for justice-involved individuals.


Maya Sen and Stanford’s Adam Bonica present a compelling argument about how the nation's courts have become political tools used by the two political parties to further their interests.


A new Shift Project report evaluates the implementation of Seattle’s scheduling ordinance and its impact on retail & food service workers.


New research finds black and Hispanic students living close to police-involved killings suffer substantial educational and psychological damage.


Researcher Rachel Lipson and mid-career student Jess Northend are tracking global policy responses.


New research tracing outbreaks among prison inmates and correctional staff. You can also read a Q&A with study authors Marcella Alsan and Crystal Yang.


New research from George Borjas shows economic and racial disparities in testing and infection.


Educators have praised “The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children” as one of the most comprehensive studies on parenting.


Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty? Read the latest report from the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. 


David Deming discusses what the Wiener Center is doing to address the pressing issue of income and wealth disparities in the United States today.


Research from Julie Boatright Wilson provides a framework for managers interested in generating evidence to improve their organizations.


New faculty member Will Dobbie talks about the common threads linking criminal justice, education, and consumer finance.