The Labor Market

Raising employment is among the top policy concerns nationally and in Illinois. This research initiative aims to better understand the labor market for low-skilled workers and the potential effects of alternative policy options. Some of the projects underway examine the effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on employment; employment patterns of mothers as their children age; and the relationship between health insurance and income inequality.

IGPA pursued this initiative from 2017 to 2018.


Perhaps no other facet of the economy is as deeply intertwined with individual and family wellbeing as is the labor market. It is crucial to understand how this important market operates and what the effects are of alternative policy options.

Affiliated Experts

Associate Professor

Darren Lubotsky is a member of the Working Group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. His research falls within two broad areas: the American labor market and the health and cognitive development of children. Some of his recent projects study the impact of rising health insurance premiums on public-sector compensation, the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on employment, and the economic status of immigrants in the United States.