Topic: Economic Growth and Productivity

Food and medical benefits don’t reach many eligible families in need

By Pam Loprest  ::  October 8th, 2014

Evidence shows that public benefits for food and medical needs can lift families out of poverty and support their ability to get and keep jobs, but only if assistance gets to those in need. In five states alone—Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina—over 1.1 million people eligible for food and medical assistance were […]

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A promising solution for the prolonged youth employment crisis

By Zach McDade  ::  October 3rd, 2014

Today’s September jobs report brought some good news for the “jobless recovery”: last month, our economy added an estimated 248,000 new jobs, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent, a six-year low. But the employment situation remains dire for young people, especially young people of color, who face jobless rates up to three […]

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Want the best return on your tax dollar investment? Invest in children

By Heather Hahn  ::  September 30th, 2014

It is no secret that investments in children’s health, education, and overall well-being pay high dividends for taxpayers and the economy as a whole. So why will the federal government be shrinking its investment in children over the next decade? High-quality early childhood programs and K-12 education, stable housing, and adequate nutrition help children grow […]

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The $300 billion question: How should we budget for federal lending?

By Donald Marron  ::  September 29th, 2014

Lending programs create special challenges for federal budgeting. So special, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office estimates their budget effects two different ways. According to official budget rules, taxpayers will earn more than $200 billion over the next decade from new student loans, mortgage guarantees, and the Export-Import Bank. According to an alternative that […]

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“Elevate the debate”: Marking the next step in Urban’s evolution

By Sarah Rosen Wartell  ::  September 29th, 2014

    In recent months, you may have noticed Urban has begun to use data visualization, video, graphics, multimedia, and magazine-style features to convey insights from research. Today, we bring you another change: a new logo and look. Evolution has always been a part of Urban’s identity. Urban was founded to assess the War on […]

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Family in Window

What happens when families lose housing assistance? We don't know

By Susan Popkin  ::  September 23rd, 2014

Recently, the Washington Post profiled Nkechi Feaster, a woman whose short-term housing assistance had ended and was struggling to pay her rent in DC’s increasingly expensive housing market. Homeless after losing her job during the recession, Feaster ended up in the District’s rapid rehousing program, which paid her rent for a year with the hope […]

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Is it time to make kids a higher budget priority?

By Eugene Steuerle  ::  September 22nd, 2014

This post originally appeared on Eugene Steuerle’s blog The Government We Deserve. When it comes to how we spend our money, we seldom dwell on what we’re not buying. But money spent in one place cannot be spent in another. With the release of Kids’ Share 2014, the eighth in an annual series, my fellow Urban Institute […]

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Climate change: A child policy issue?

By Julia Isaacs  ::  September 18th, 2014

I’ve spent the past 30 years working on child and family policy. My work focuses on children, particularly those from low-income families, and “ways to improve children’s well-being and their opportunities for success later in life,” to quote from my bio. This has meant studying economic mobility differences between blacks and whites, the school readiness […]

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Trabajadores y profesionales en la industria de la vivienda

By Carlos Martín and Juan Collazos  ::  September 16th, 2014

Mientras el país inicia la celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, muchos de nosotros involucrados en investigaciónes sobre la vivienda y el desarrollo comunitario nos recordamos de la creciente presencia de hogares latinos en comunidades tanto grandes como pequeñas.  En algunas regiones, la comunidad hispana está bien establecida y ha, por largo tiempo, ejercido […]

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