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Ariella Kristal

Doctoral Student, Harvard Business School
Lara Warner Scholar
Ariella is a doctoral student in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School where she studies behavioral design. Specifically, she is interested in how... Read more about Ariella Kristal
Looking for holiday season deals? Don’t forget to check the labor market.

Looking for holiday season deals? Don’t forget to check the labor market.

November 24, 2021
Retailers are hoping that this holiday season will be the best ever—or at least the best one in the last couple years. But to do that, they’ll have to hire a lot of temporary workers, fast. "Employers turned to teenagers, and in a lot of cases, lowered employment requirements because they needed to get bodies in the door,” WAPPP Fellow Alicia Sasser Modestino says. “I think we’re going to see a bit of that again now.”
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Does providing job opportunities to women decrease the violence they face from their partners? Evidence from the Rwandan Coffee Mills: Guest Post by Deniz Sanin

Does providing job opportunities to women decrease the violence they face from their partners? Evidence from the Rwandan Coffee Mills: Guest Post by Deniz Sanin

November 19, 2021

Deniz Sanin, WAPPP Fellow, investigates whether providing job opportunities to women decreases the violence they face from their partners using the government-induced rapid expansion of the coffee mills in Rwanda in the 2000s as a natural experiment.

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One solution to the labor shortage: teenagers

One solution to the labor shortage: teenagers

November 17, 2021

Worker shortages are a big problem for businesses heading into the busy holiday season. Teenagers, who were less likely to be looking for jobs before 2021, are now stepping back into the labor force. “Not a lot of adults want to jump off the sidelines to take these jobs,” said Alicia Modestino, WAPPP Fellow and economist and professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

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The state of child care in America

The state of child care in America

October 28, 2021

There’s a labor shortage plaguing industries across the board, as millions of people left the workforce during the pandemic or are switching careers. A new report from Indeed says interest in child care roles has gone down 15% since before COVID. How long will the pandemic affect working parents?

Axios Re:Cap talks with Northeastern University economics professor and WAPPP Fellow Alicia Modestino about the state of child care in America.

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Raising the Future: The Child Care Crisis – A PBS NewsHour Special

Raising the Future: The Child Care Crisis – A PBS NewsHour Special

October 12, 2021

Alicia Sasser Modestino, WAPPP Fellow, joins Amna Nawaz, and examines how the lack of affordable, quality child care is affecting American families. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed daily life for millions of working parents and pushed the nation’s child care system to the brink of collapse. Out of that turmoil, a heated debate has emerged over what, if anything, can be done to better meet the needs of parents and young children.

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