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This panel will focus on changes in unemployment insurance (UI) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how lessons from these changes can guide reform of the federal-state UI system. For example, what lessons does the CARES Act UI payments experience offer on how we can better promote an equitable recovery? Based on the CARES Act experience, what should be the minimum required state responsibilities in the regular federal-state UI system?


  • Lei Ding, Senior Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (research)
  • Christopher J. O'Leary, Senior Economist, Upjohn Institute (bio)
  • Suzanne Simonetta, Director, Division of Policy, Legislation, and Regulations, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (research)
  • Patricia M. Anderson, Professor, Dartmouth College (bio)
  • Moderator: Michael Horrigan, President, Upjohn Institute (bio)

About Research for Equity in Recovery

A webinar series from Community Development and Regional Outreach at the Philadelphia Fed, cohosted with the Upjohn Institute and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented residents across the nation with extreme challenges, leaders in communities across the nation have stepped up to confront these challenges in significant ways. This webinar series focuses on the most up-to-date research and best practices in the field on how to promote a strong and equitable recovery from the pandemic.

Research for Equity in Recovery I: How Job Training Matters
Research for Equity in Recovery II: Place-Based Strategies
Research for Equity in Recovery III: Small Businesses
Research for Equity in Recovery V: Does COVID-19 Accelerate Automation?

For questions about this series, please contact Lei Ding.