• When schools across the country closed to in-person learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students lost access to free and reduced-price lunches. In response, states have begun providing emergency benefits through the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, which allows eligible school children to receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits through EBT cards that are used to purchase food. To help key decision-makers, researchers released a guide summarizing key components of approved plans and track implementation options and execution.
    September 21, 2021
  • In mid-December, health care workers across the United States began to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. These workers have faced constant exposure to COVID-19 as they’ve struggled to provide care amid the pandemic, making them the top priority for receiving the vaccine.
    January 25, 2021
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, workers in essential industries needing to work in person continued going to work and keeping the nation running while risking exposure to the novel coronavirus. And as states reopened, many nonessential workers returned to work, risking exposure to the virus to allow people to shop in stores, eat in restaurants, and obtain personal services.
    December 2, 2020
  • This analysis examines whether the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency sick leave provision of the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) reduced the spread of the virus. Using a difference-in-differences strategy, we compared changes in newly reported COVID-19 cases in states where workers gained the right to take paid sick leave (treatment group) versus in states where workers already had access to paid sick leave (control group) before the FFCRA.
    October 15, 2020
  • Massachusetts has one of the highest cumulative incidence rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the US. Understanding which specific demographic, economic, and occupational factors have contributed to disparities in COVID-19 incidence rates across the state is critical to informing public health strategies.
    August 27, 2020
  • COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economic security and well-being of families. Since March, the economy has shed more than 13.3 million jobs – 55 percent of them lost by women – triggering widespread unemployment and sharp declines in household incomes. In mid-May 2020, almost 21 million people were unemployed. At 51.4 percent, women make up majority of those out of work or seeking employment—a historic first for the nation.
    August 20, 2020