Patrick Youngblood

Patrick Youngblood is research director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy and research manager for the Columbia Labor Lab. Previously, Patrick was a public-school teacher and a data researcher focused on financial distress and early childhood investments.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for the American workforce. Tens of millions of workers are now out of work, and workers who are still employed must navigate their jobs while trying to avoid the risk of infecting themselves and their communities. Employers do not appear to be providing essential workers increased pay or