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The nation's work participation rate for cash welfare recipients is not only on the wrong track, it appears to be off the track. Or maybe it would be better to say the nation has lost the track. Any way you look at it, it is not good.
Please join us for three concise talks on why America needs a new social justice agenda, what that agenda must address, and how that agenda plays out in the most important policy debates of our time.
Is it possible for more Republican-led state governments to expand their Medicaid programs without politically endorsing the extension of ObamaCare under the Affordable Care Act? Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) says he can, but he hasn't convinced a number of conservative Republican critics.
How we, as a nation, can do a better job of helping poor Americans by applying the lessons learned from past reform efforts to the challenges we face today.
Seattle’s decision to jack up the local minimum wage by more than 60 percent to $15 an hour should thrill economists. Not that those experts will necessarily think the move is a good one for the city’s low-wage workers. It's a live debate within the field.
The Great Recession has been particularly hard on older workers. Therefore, the government must intervene with carefully crafted policy to level the playing field for older workers. Job-placement services, employee-based subsidies, and start-up subsidies are the most promising options to help the older long-term unemployed find jobs.
The retreat from marriage in Middle American means that the United States is in danger of becoming a separate and unequal nation when it comes to marriage, where the well-heeled have the material and cultural means to marry and stay married, and few other Americans can make good on their dreams of a happy and stable family life built around marriage.