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June 13, 2024

The Family-to-Prison-or-College Pipeline: Married Fathers and Young Men’s Transition to Adulthood

A growing minority of young men are floundering. “Failure to launch” is a description that’s all too common. Consider working a stable job—a decent proxy for whether someone has their…

June 11, 2024

The Social Workplace: A Compendium

Key Points This report is a compendium of survey data and analysis developed as part of a multiyear project looking at the social dimension of work and the economic, psychological,…

May 14, 2024

Understanding Trends in Worker Pay over the Past 50 years

Key Points Despite numerous claims to the contrary, the pay of American workers has tracked productivity trends—for at least 95 years. The pay of the median worker, however, after rising…

May 10, 2024

A Jumble of Standards: How State and Federal Authorities Have Underestimated Child Maltreatment Fatalities

Key Points Each year, states are required to submit data to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. However, because of restrictive definitions, failure to consult all available sources,…

May 7, 2024

How Zoning Policies Affect the Housing Supply: City of Denver Case Study

Summary: The City of Denver switched to a new zoning code in June 2010. Most areas were upzoned, but some were downzoned. Overall, the policy encouraged housing construction in Denver….

May 6, 2024

Comments on the One Seattle Plan (Comp Plan)

Summary: 1) Seattle has been underbuilding for the last decade (and likely even longer) and it needs to build more housing than the targets set in the comp plan. 2)…

April 29, 2024

Measuring What Matters: Context and Recommendations to Improve Reporting on Unemployment Insurance

Key Points This report explores the unemployment insurance system’s current data and performance management practices, including features designed to inform policymakers and the public about deficiencies in the administration of…

April 5, 2024

The US Is Failing Substance-Exposed Infants

Key Points Due to infrequent and inconsistent testing, there is no reliable count of how many infants are exposed to substances in utero, yet recent data on drug use and…

April 3, 2024

The Social Workplace: Social Capital, Human Dignity, and Work in America, Volume III 

Executive Summary In this report, we analyze 41 interviews of participants in an earlier quantitative survey of worker attitudes. These interviews were targeted to survey participants age 22–29 to better…

April 1, 2024

How Private Student Lending Can Repair Higher Education

Key Points Private student loans are a relatively small share of the market for higher education finance; however, scaling back the beleaguered federal student loan program would offer an opportunity…