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New Report Finds Economic Conditions in Cities Are Improving

“Even as economic conditions in cities have improved in the years since the Great Recession, a new study from the National League of Cities (NLC) found that many factors — including lack of affordable housing, poverty, and skill and achievement gaps — are impeding the long-term economic sustainability of cities. Cities and Unequal Recovery, an analysis based on a survey of more than 250 city officials from cities of all sizes, uncovers dual realities in cities, where even as conditions improve, persistent challenges prevent the benefits of this growth from reaching many. “Our nation’s cities are on the front lines of economic recovery, and the widespread improvement we’ve seen is a testament to local policies and initiatives that support businesses and create new jobs in our communities,” said National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah. “But unfortunately that growth doesn’t extend to everyone in our communities, and wealth and skills gaps are widening. As we look toward the future, cities can help close those gaps with policies that promote greater equity and inclusion for our residents.”

Millions of Children Living in High-Poverty Areas

Annie E. Casey Foundation: “The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children — 10.1 million total — are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000.  State-by-state, the percentage of children living inContinue Reading

Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015

UK Institute for Fiscal Studies – Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2015. Chris Belfield, Jonathan Cribb, Andrew Hood, Robert Joyce.July 2015. “Average incomes are edging up slowly after falling sharply after the Great Recession. Income inequality has fallen back to levels last seen one or two decades ago. Relative poverty is lowerContinue Reading

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America – data from new book

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – via the blog for the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America: “Between 2000 and 2012, poverty grew and re-concentrated in parts of metropolitan areas that were farther from jobs, particularly in suburbs, which are now home to more than half of the poor residents of the country’s 100 largest metroContinue Reading

HUD – Family Options Study for Homeless Families

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development | Office of Policy Development and Research: Family Options Study – Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, July 2015. “The study examines four interventions: 1. Permanent housing subsidy, or SUB, usually a housing choice voucher (HCV), could include assistance to find housing but noContinue Reading

Commentary – The Logic of Effective Altruism

Peter Singer – The Boston Review:  “A minimally acceptable ethical life involves using a substantial part of one’s spare resources to make the world a better place, July 6, 2015: “Effective altruism is based on a very simple idea: we should do the most good we can. Obeying the usual rules about not stealing, cheating,Continue Reading

The State of Safety Nets 2015

World Bank – July 8, 2015 — “Some 136 countries are now investing in social safety nets and the number is growing. A new study finds such programs reduce poverty by 8%. Yet only one-third of the world’s poor benefit from safety nets. The State of Safety Nets 2015

World Bank Report – Global Economic Prospects

“Developing countries face a series of tough challenges in 2015, including the looming prospect of higher borrowing costs as they adapt to a new era of low prices for oil and other key commodities, resulting in a fourth consecutive year of disappointing economic growth this year, says the World Bank Group’s latest Global Economic ProspectsContinue Reading

Study – Poverty Among Seniors

Kaiser Foundation – Poverty Among Seniors: An Updated Analysis of National and State Level Poverty Rates Under the Official and Supplemental Poverty Measures. June 2015. “Payments from Social Security and Supplemental Security Income have played a critical role in enhancing economic security and reducing poverty rates among people ages 65 and older. Yet many olderContinue Reading

WSJ – The Anti-Poverty Experiment

“In the U.S. and abroad, a new generation of data-driven programs is testing ways to help the poor to save more, live better and find their own way to economic security.” Referenced Research Article – Science 15 May 2015: Vol. 348 no. 6236  DOI: 10.1126/science.1260799 – A multifaceted program causes lasting progress for the veryContinue Reading

Corruption in Nations Tracks Poverty and Inequality, Study Says

Douglas Gillison – “Air cargo passing through New York City in 2002 included nearly 700,000 carats of diamonds shipped from the African nation of Ghana. Though they were worth at least $320 million, customs data showed that the gems were valued on paper at less than $11 million, according to researchers from Penn State andContinue Reading

Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009–2013

CDC NCHS Data Brief, May 2015 – Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009–2013 – “Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2009–2013 In every age group, women were more likely to have serious psychological distress than men. Among all adults, as income increased, the percentage with serious psychological distress decreased. Adults aged 18–64Continue Reading