Reports: Economic opportunity

Big Ideas for Children
First Focus, December 2022, 191 pp.
Part of a series calling upon policy thinkers to provide fresh proposals designed to advance federal policy and improve the health, safety, and well-being of children.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, November 2022, 20 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, October 2022, 33 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report.   more info >

Advancing Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families: Policy Options for Governors
NGA Center for Best Practices, September 2022, 25 pp.
Suggests a range of strategies for policymakers to help promote savings and increase income levels among low-income individuals and families.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, June 2022
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

The Economic, Educational, and Health-Related Costs of Being a Woman
Center for American Progress, March 2022, 5 pp.
Discusses how from the gender wage gap to gender-based pricing, the cost of being a woman in America is integrated into economic, health, and education systems and requires a multi-pronged policy approach to address   more info >

The Supplemental Expenditure Poverty Measure: A new method for measuring poverty
Brookings Institute, March 2022, 88 pp.
Examines a new method for measuring poverty in the United States,based on families’ spending and easily accessible resources, finds that about eight million more people lived in poverty in 2019 than reported by the government’s conventional income-based approach.   more info >

Understanding Coping Strategies of Mothers with Low Income
Urban Institute, January 2022, 75 pp.
An exploratory study of the strategies that mothers with young children and few economic resources use to meet their caregiving and related needs. The report also examines the role of community-based organizations in supporting mothers and families and improving outcomes for children.   more info >

Do Sectoral Training Programs Work? What the Evidence on Project Quest and Year Up Really Shows
Brookings Institution, January 2022, 8 pp.
This report examines evidence on the sector-based programs Project Quest and Year Up, concluding that they remain among the most successful education and training efforts available for US workers.   more info >

The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, December 2021, 86 pp.
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually.   more info >

The Connection Between Unpredictable Work Schedules and Meeting Basic Household Needs
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 2021, 6 pp.
Examines how the lack of a stable and predictable work schedule can lead to income volatility and contribute to a host of other challenges for low-income individuals and households.   more info >

Child Poverty in North Dakota 2019
Children's Defense Fund, June 2019, 1 pp.
Child poverty data by North Dakota county.   more info >

The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Five Key Government Programs in Rural and Urban America
Carsey School of Public Policy, April 2019, 4 pp.
Poverty data from the American Community Survey were released on September 17, 2015, allowing a detailed examination of poverty in 2014 across the United States. This brief discusses changes in child poverty between 2013 and 2014 and since 2009, just after the Great Recession ended.   more info >

Preparing the Future Workforce: Early Care and Education Participation among Children of Immigrants
The Urban Institute, March 2019, 38 pp.
Children of immigrants will make up a critical share of our nation’s future workforce but are less likely than other children to participate in early education programs known to support school readiness and long-term productivity. This study describes the characteristics and enrollment of children of immigrants in early education programs.   more info >

Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Middle Class
Brookings Institute, Opportunity American, November 2018, 136 pp.
Looks at the challenges facing working-class communities and provides bipartisan policy proposals designed to create jobs, train and retrain workers and revitalize blue-collar communities.   more info >

North Dakota Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2017-2025
North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, October 2018, 6 pp.
This is a strategic plan aimed at increasing economic growth in North Dakota. It provides an economic assessment of the state and examines individual business sectors and industries.   more info >

Credit Scores Perpetuate Racial Disparities, Even in America’s Most Prosperous Cities
Urban Institute, November 2017, 2 pp.
Credit score data reveal how racial disparities persist in cities across the economic spectrum and contribute to wealth inequality.   more info >

Data Snapshot: SNAP Declines Continue in 2016, but Not for Rural Places
Carsey Institute, November 2017, 1 pp.
This issue brief examines rates of SNAP receipt in 2016, paying particular attention to changes among urban and rural households at risk for food insecurity.   more info >

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics.   more info >

Framework for Creating a Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy A Tool for Small Cities and Towns
United States Environmental Protection Agency, August 2016, 38 pp.
A step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy which is based on building upon existing assets, taking incremental actions to strengthen communities, and building long-term value to attract a range of investments.   more info >

Levels and Trends in the Income Mobility of U.S. Families, 1977–2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, July 2016, 41 pp.
This paper examines patterns of income mobility of U.S. families with working-age heads and spouses between 1977 and 2012, using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and a number of mobility concepts and measures.   more info >

Household Expenditures and Income
The Pew Charitable Trusts, March 2016, 20 pp.
This chartbook uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey to explore household expenditures, examining changes in overall spending and across individual categories from 1996 to 2014. By examining household spending, it helps to shed light on family financial security over time, and especially in recent years.   more info >

Living Longer on Less: Post-Recession Senior Insecurity Remains High
The Institute on Assets and Social Policy; Demos, February 2015, 4 pp.
This report examines the long-term economic security of seniors, using the Senior Financial Stability Index (SFSI) to measure the long-term economic security of senior households throughout their retirement years.   more info >

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach
Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014, 20 pp.
This report presents a two-generation approach to reducing poverty, describing methods to help low-income families connect with early childhood education and job training, achieve financial stability, and break the cycle of poverty.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities
FSG, March 2014, 29 pp.
Highlights lessons learned and best practices from projects that work to disrupt poverty by building financial security.   more info >

Through a Different Lens: The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future
Family Independence Initiative, January 2014, 8 pp.
Describes a new approach to economic and social mobility.   more info >

Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 2014, 8 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty over the last 50 years, including among the elderly and children.   more info >

Building Assets Through Microenterprise
The Aspen Institute, January 2014, 12 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth.   more info >

Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States
National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2014, 94 pp.
In-depth look at intergenerational mobility in the United States, including the relationship between parent and child income, geographic differences, and the factors correlated with upward mobility.   more info >

Mobility and the Metropolis: How Communities Factor Into Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project - The Pew Charitable Trusts, December 2013, 23 pp.
Explores how neighborhood economic poverty in childhood impacts the ability of individuals to move up or down the income ladder as adults, and examines with rates of economic segregation in cities are related to their rates of economic mobility.   more info >

Mobility and the Metropolis
The Pew Charitable Trusts, December 2013, 23 pp.
This report shows that neighborhoods play an important role in determining a family's prospects of moving up the economic ladder.   more info >

A New Majority Update: Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools
Southern Education Foundation, October 2013, 18 pp.
Provides data showing that a majority of students attending public schools come from low-income families and discusses implications of the findings.   more info >

APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty
Academic Pediatric Association, April 2013, 7 pp.
Outlines the Academic Pediatric Association's strategic agenda for addressing childhood poverty.   more info >

Protecting the Safety Net in Tough Times: Lessons from the States
National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2012, 24 pp.
Examines state-level approaches to preserving safety net programs, highlighting revenue- and spending-side approaches that are protective of low-income families and illustrating best practices that other states might adopt.   more info >

Healthy Kids and Strong Working Families: Improving Economic Security for North Dakota Families With Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2011, 12 pp.
Looks at the basic costs associated with living and working in North Dakota and illustrates the role of work supports in helping low-income families make ends meet.   more info >

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence.   more info >

Building Economic Security in America's Cities: Municipal Strategies for Asset Building and Financial Empowerment
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), January 2011, 96 pp.
Cities are increasingly offering strategies to help families save money, leverage those savings into assets and have access to fair credit according to this report, which highlights successful strategies to help families achieve self-sufficiency.   more info >

A Modern Framework for Measuring Poverty and Basic Economic Security
Center for Economic and Policy Research, April 2010, 63 pp.
Presents a series of recommendations for improving the way poverty is measured while addressing why the current measure is insufficient and examining the Supplemental Income Poverty Measure as proposed by the Obama administration.   more info >

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010, 20 pp.
Presents social and economic data from the American Community Survey.   more info >

Measure by Measure: The Current Poverty Measure v. the National Academy of Sciences Measures
CLASP, November 2009, 11 pp.
Compares the current federal poverty measure and the more recently-developed National Academy of Sciences measures. The report includes comparisons of the current poverty rate by state with the rates using the NAS measures.   more info >

Alternative Welfare-to-Work Strategies for the Hard-to-Employ: Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia
MDRC, October 2009, 186 pp.
This report presents interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for hard-to-employ recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Philadelphia. The study is part of a larger project testing innovative employment strategies for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job.   more info >

Strengthening Community Colleges' Influence on Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project, October 2009, 43 pp.
This paper examines the role community colleges play in enhancing the upward mobility of their students. The study looks at the various pathways through which students can increase their earnings, including transferring to a four-year college and completing an associate degree or certificate in a range of high-return fields.   more info >

Reducing the Child Poverty Rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 16 pp.
This brief describes strategies to help lift families and children out of poverty and move toward greater economic security.   more info >

Turning Point: The Long Term Effects of Recession-Induced Child Poverty
First Focus, May 2009, 15 pp.
A study showing that children who fall into poverty during a recession will suffer in adulthood.   more info >

Enabling Families to Weather Emergencies and Develop: The Role of Assets
The Urban Institute, July 2008, 30 pp.
About four in five low-income families are "asset poor," lacking enough liquid savings to live for three months at the federal poverty level without earnings. This report examines a cluster of policies that would improve financial markets and savings opportunities for low-income families.   more info >

Web sites

Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

Jobs for the Future
Research on the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults.   more info >

A social policy research organization that works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Many reports are available on-line.   more info >

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

Institute for Research on Poverty
Research on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.   more info >

National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more.   more info >
Presents measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis for states, counties, large cities, and metropolitan areas.   more info >

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