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October 19, 2021

The Divided State of Our Unions

Executive Summary Where is the American family headed as COVID-19 finally seems to be abating? Focusing on family formation in the United States, this report considers three possibilities: (a) the…

September 2, 2021

Is Civil Society Becoming a Luxury Good?

Key Points This quantitative analysis suggests that the supposed decline in civil-society participation is not geographically uniform throughout the United States. Some lower-income communities have a strong civil-society presence if…

July 2, 2021

Addressing the Shortcomings of the Supplemental Poverty Measure

Key Points The Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) partly improves on the Official Poverty Measure but still suffers from several shortcomings that limit its usefulness as an effective poverty measure. The…

June 10, 2021

Long Shadows: The Black-White Gap in Multigenerational Poverty

Key Points This report examines racial disparities in income mobility across three generations by drawing on data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. More than half a century since…

April 19, 2021

The Role of Community in Place-based Giving

Key Points This report explores why strong communities matter and how philanthropists can strengthen the local fiber that helps communities improve. Putting people with similar interests in proximity to each…

August 3, 2020

Replace the Federal Student Loan System with an Income Share Agreement Program

Key Points The higher education narrative has been dominated by the student loan crisis as of late. While the magnitude of this problem is often oversold, borrowers do sometimes need…

January 17, 2020

Rethinking Reentry

Policymakers and researchers have been searching for a solution to persistently high rates of recidivism for decades. While the number of incarcerated individuals under federal and state jurisdiction has decreased in recent years…