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LERC Professor Gordon Lafer and Graduate Student Lola Loustaunau have co-written a new study published by the Economic Policy Institute. 

Other authors include Celine McNicholasMargaret PoydockJulia Wolfe, and Ben Zipperer 

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• by Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock, Julia Wolfe, Ben Zipperer, Gordon Lafer, and Lola Loustaunau • December 11, 2019

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