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Fighting Poverty Needs to be a National Policy Priority

June 13, 2014 • Melissa S. Kearney, Benjamin H. Harris, Karen L. AndersonEconomic Security, Education, Effective Government, Employment & Wages, Poverty

In 2012, 15 percent of Americans—30.4 million adults and 16.1 million children—lived in poverty, according to the official Census poverty count. Figure 1 shows how these rates have trended in recent decades, and underscores that rates are highest among children. Yet even these counts, as high as they are, understate our nation’s experience with poverty. For every person classified as poor, many more hover just above the poverty threshold, weaving in and out of poverty depending on their circumstance. 

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Remember the Problems With Mortgage Defaults? They’re Coming Back With Student Loans

June 12, 2014 • The Hamilton Project • Economic Security, Education, Effective Government

In a new blog post for The New York Times’ Up Shot, former Hamilton Project author Susan Dynarski compares the growing student loan debt concern to that of the mortgage crisis of 2008.

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National and State-by-State “Jobs Gap” Update for May 2014

June 6, 2014 • The Hamilton Project • Economic Security, Effective Government, Employment & Wages

Each month, The Hamilton Project calculates America’s “jobs gap,” or the number of jobs that the U.S. economy needs to create in order to return to pre-recession employment levels while absorbing the 125,000 people who enter the labor force each month. As of the end of May 2014, our nation faces a jobs gap of 7.0 million jobs. 

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70% of black high-school dropouts born in 1975 have been to prison

May 8, 2014 • The Hamilton Project • Economic Security, Effective Government, Employment & Wages, Poverty, State & Local

Ezra Klein of Vox explores several startling trends about crime and mass incarceration in the United States, citing new work from The Hamilton Project's latest policy memo, Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States.

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Reviewing the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal for the Department of Education

April 30, 2014 • The Hamilton Project • Economic Security, Education, Effective Government, State & Local

During a testimony at the Education and the Workforce Committee this week, Congressman Petri (WI-O6) discussed the growing concern of student loan repayment, and cited extensively from a Hamilton Project paper by experts Susan Dynarski and Daniel Kreisman. 

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