Category Archives: Reports

Report: Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency

Report: Ryan Cooper & Matt Bruenig, Foreclosed: Destruction of Black Wealth During the Obama Presidency (2017) [about housing wealth].

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CRS Report: An Introduction to Poverty Measurement (2017)

A 2017 Congressional Research Services report perhaps of interest, Joseph Dalaker, An Introduction to Poverty Measurement (March 9, 2017).

New Report from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law: The Shriver Summit: The Future of Justice

The Shriver Summit: The Future of Justice, held on December 1, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois, brought together advocates and experts to explore what we need to secure justice, every day, for everyone.

New Report: Everyone’s Economy: 25 Federal Policies to Lift Up Working People

Everyones Economy - March CoverNew Report: Demos, Everyone’s Economy: 25 Federal Policies to Lift Up Working People, March 2018.

Pathways “State of the Union 2018” Report from the Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality [Focuses on Gender this year]

Pathways-SOTU18-cover_smallPathways “State of the Union 2018” Report. Table of contents below:

Executive Summary
Gender Identification
The traditional gender binary just doesn’t work. When respondents of a national survey were asked about their femininity and masculinity, 7 percent considered themselves equally feminine and masculine, and another 4 percent responded in ways that did not “match” their sex at birth (i.e., females who saw themselves as more masculine than feminine, or males who saw themselves as more feminine than masculine).
Education
Despite common beliefs to the contrary, male students do not consistently outperform female students in mathematics. It’s only in high school that the male advantage in mathematics surfaces. What’s going on?
Health
For women and men alike, life expectancy has stagnated for the last several years, primarily due to increases in drug poisoning deaths and in the suicide rate. The male-female life expectancy gap, which favors females, fell from 7.6 years in 1970 to 4.8 years in 2010, a reduction of more than one-third.
Employment
After rising steadily for many decades, the overall female employment rate has been falling since 2000. Why has it fallen? Are there straightforward policy fixes that could increase women’s employment?
Earnings
When gender differences in labor force participation, fringe benefits, and self-employment income are taken into account, women earn only 57 cents for each dollar earned by men.
Poverty
Are women more likely than men to be in deep poverty, official poverty, and near poverty? Yes, yes, and yes.
Safety Net
Why do women use safety net programs more than men? A hint: It’s not just because they’re more likely to be eligible for them.
Occupational Segregation
Nearly half of the women in the labor force would have to move to a different occupation to eliminate all occupational segregation by gender. This is a classic case of stalled change: If recent rates of change are extrapolated, it would take 330 years to reach full integration.
Discrimination
A new science of gender discrimination is being built with audit studies and other experiments. A key result: Gender discrimination is more likely to emerge when the applicant’s commitment to work can be called into question or when an applicant is behaving in a gender-nonconforming way.
Workplace Sexual Harassment
The workplace is rife with sexual harassment. By age 25 to 26, one in three women and one in seven men experience behavior at work that they define as sexual harassment.
Social Networks
Although men used to have more social ties than men, now the gender gap has reversed and women have the larger networks. But women still have fewer coworker ties than men … and coworker ties matter a lot.
Policy
What are the most promising science-based policies for reducing gender inequality at home and in the labor market?

New Report: “Facing Eviction Alone” [About evictions in Denver]

New Report: Audrey Hasvold & Jack Regenbogen, Facing Eviction Alone: Denver Colorado 2014-2016 (2017).

New Report: “Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?”

mobilityfrompoverty18-001New Report: David Ellwood & Nisha G. Patel, Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty? (US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, Jan. 2018).

New Issue of Pathways: The Next Round of Welfare Reform

Pathways_Winter2018_cover_smallNew Issue of Pathways: The Next Round of Welfare Reform (Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Winter 2018). Contents below:

Editors’ Note
Past, Present, and Future of Welfare
The inside architects of welfare reform reflect on how the revolution happened, what it achieved, and what remains to be done.
The Unsuccessful Family Experiment
For those who believe that the welfare reform bill was mainly oriented toward promoting work, it might be surprising to learn that the bill begins with this line: “Marriage is the foundation of a successful society.” How did the grand plan to save the family work out?
The Kids Are All Right
How are our children doing? Are the doom-and-gloomers right?
Did Welfare Reform Increase Employment and Reduce Poverty?
The welfare reform bill aimed to reduce dependence on welfare and increase self-sufficiency. A simple question: Did it work?
Welfare Reform and the Families It Left Behind
What is welfare reform’s biggest failure? Find out here.
State Policy Choices
The welfare reform of 1996 was conceived as an experiment with radical decentralization of policy. How is that experiment faring?
A New Social Compact
Where should we go from here? We close with three very different diagnoses … and three very different prescriptions.

New Report: “World Inequality Report 2018”

wir2018-full-report-english-fcb06190New Report: “World Inequality Report 2018” [Note: this is a very professionally done report with big “coordinator” scholars behind it and has great charts.]

New Report: “America’s Rental Housing 2017”

New Report: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, America’s Rental Housing 2017 (2017).