- The Social Contract in an Era of Precarious Work
Arne L. Kalleberg
Where have all the good jobs gone? Even before the Great Recession, secure employment was becoming difficult to find.
RESEARCH IN BRIEF
- A Report on New Poverty and Inequality Research
Eviction and its role as a poverty trigger; “intense schools” and their effects on disadvantaged youth; racial disparities in receipt of Unemployment Insurance; and other cutting-edge research.
A SOCIAL FALLOUT TO THE GREAT RECESSION?
- The Great Decline in American Immigration?
Douglas S. Massey
Immigrants accounted for over a third of U.S. population growth in recent decades. But the Great Recession is bringing about a real turnaround in immigration dynamics.
- The Crime Wave That Wasn’t
An economic downturn is supposed to raise crime rates by reducing opportunities for licit employment and earnings. Why, then, have most types of crime continued to decline throughout the Great Recession?
- Is the Recession Making Us Sick?
So far, at least, there’s no evidence of a recession-induced health epidemic. But there are troubling developments in children’s health and in depression among young adults that could lead to problems down the road.
- Sheltering the Storm: American Families in the Great Recession
S. Philip Morgan, Erin Cumberworth, and Christopher Wimer
The decision to have a baby, to form or end a union, and to return to the nest are all family behaviors that might be sensitive to economic downturns. Is the recession indeed changing the family? And are “red” and “blue” families reacting differently?
- Can the Newly-Reelected Obama Save the American Public School?
A conversation between William Julius Wilson and Sylvie Laurent
Under the Obama administration, education policy has shifted in fundamental ways, yet the changes have remained largely under the radar. We’ve invited two preeminent scholars to a mini-debate on how these changes will play out.