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NORC’s understanding of the factors that drive labor markets can help policymakers, organizations, and the public make more informed choices.

Globalization, the digital revolution, the lingering effects of the Great Recession, and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly changed the kinds of work Americans do, how they do that work, where they work, and what and how they get paid. Understanding these trends is a vital first step in responding to them in productive ways.

NORC has been at the forefront of helping businesses, government agencies, and other stakeholders explore national and global employment trends, studying issues as diverse as how Americans age through the workforce, the re-integration of people who were incarcerated into the labor market, the career arcs of doctoral degree holders in the STEM fields, and the effectiveness of youth vocational training in the developing world

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Kauffman Firm Survey Researcher Enclave

The NORC Data Enclave® provides secure access to confidential data on business start-ups


Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Lower-Wage Workforce: Employer and Worker Perspectives

A two-part study of how lower-wage workers and employers think about jobs and opportunities


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