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Insights / Research BriefNov 10, 2020

Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Family Dynamics in Economically Vulnerable Households • The Education Gradient in Maternal Enjoyment of Time in Childcare

A Google search of “parenting and mothers during covid” in mid-October 2020 returned nearly 300...
Topics:  COVID-19, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Early Childhood Education
Insights / Podcast episodeJul 11, 2020

Episode 13: Stopping an Avalanche of Poverty

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Bruce Meyer
One of the largest economic downturns in US history has not produced more poverty. What...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, COVID-19
Insights / Research BriefDec 11, 2019

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth · The Long-Term Impacts of Grants on Poverty

The old adage about fighting poverty is that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty
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Friedman Forum: Gender and Human Capital Investments in Developing Countries

On November 1, BFI hosted Alessandra Voena, Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth...
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty
Insights / Research BriefOct 09, 2019

Spillover Impacts on Education from Employment Guarantees and Educational Investment Responses to Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Indian Road Construction

For most young people and their parents who live in high-income countries, the decision to attend school is an easy one. School is universally available and free through high school, schooling is mandatory through the age of 16, and most jobs require at least a high school degree. Dropping out of school all but ensures a lifetime of relatively low income.
Topics:  Early Childhood Education, Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages, Health care, K-12 Education
Insights / Research BriefSep 11, 2019

Disability and Distress: The Effect of Disability Programs on Financial Outcomes

If you had the unfortunate experience of acquiring a disability that hindered your ability to work and that suddenly put you in financial distress, you might be grateful for government-provided disability payments. Such income might do more than cover monthly living expenses, but may also keep you from such traumatic financial events as eviction, foreclosure, or bankruptcy.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty, Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefAug 12, 2019

Income Growth and the Distributional Effects of Urban Spatial Sorting

The rebirth of downtown American cities in recent decades has turned neighborhoods that formally housed lower-income families—and that may have also harbored manufacturing, warehousing, and other bygone industries—into thriving high-end residential spaces, where people enjoy new coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty
Insights / Research BriefAug 12, 2019

The End of the American Dream? Inequality and Segregation in US Cities

The promise of the American dream is about the possibility of upward mobility; namely, that anyone, regardless of where they were born and what class they were born into, can achieve success on their own terms.
Topics:  Economic Mobility & Poverty