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A Better Way to Bridge the Skills Gap

Harvard Business Review • July 21, 2014 • Traci Donnelly

Traci Donnelly of HBR Blog Network discusses new efforts to provide training for young adults to imrpove their employability. She sites a recent Hamilton Project proposal by Robert Lerman on expanding apprenticeship programs in the United States.

The latest plea comes from the Hamilton Project’s new report on ending poverty, which notes that the U.S. offers about one-tenth the apprenticeships of other industrialized nations.) Despite these repeated affirmations, the teen and young adult employment rate has plummeted over the last dozen years.

The Fall of American Vocational Tech

Ozy • July 21, 2014 • Anne Miller

Anne Miller of Ozy discusses the importance of vocational training, citing a new proposal from The Hamilton Project by Sheena McConnell, Irma Perez-Johnson and Jillian Berk.

"...How far have vocational studies fallen? The U.S. now ranks 21 out of 29 devloped nations when it comes to spending on vocational training, as a percentage of the national GDP, according to a study from the Hamilton Project, part of the Brookings Institute think tank..."

The Fall of American Vocational Tech

Ozy • July 21, 2014 • Anne Miller

Anne Miller of Ozy discusses the importance of vocational training, citing a new proposal from The Hamilton Project by Sheena McConnell, Irma Perez-Johnson and Jillian Berk.

"...How far have vocational studies fallen? The U.S. now ranks 21 out of 29 devloped nations when it comes to spending on vocational training, as a percentage of the national GDP, according to a study from the Hamilton Project, part of the Brookings Institute think tank..."

Baby Boomers’ Impact on Participation Rate Big, Expected

USA News • July 17, 2014 • Katherine Peralta

USA News takes a look at the recent report released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers on labor force participation, and highlights The Hamilton Project's recent forum featuring remarks from CEA Chairman Furman.

"...“We wouldn’t expect the participation rate to return to its pre-crisis levels and in fact, we weren’t expecting that even prior to the crisis,” Furman said at a forum on labor market challenges hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project Thursday in Washington..."

The Modern American Man, Charted

NPR-All Things Considered • July 17, 2014 • Serri Graslie

On NPR's All Things Considered, Serri Graslie takes a look at charts depicting the modern American man. Graslie cites Hamilton Project work by Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney on the marriage gap.

"...A 2012 report by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution found that only half of the poorest men in America are married today, compared with 86 percent in 1970..."

Pinching pennies: Americans want to save, but for many, it’s tough

Lancaster Online • July 13, 2014 • Tim Stuhldreher

Tim Stuhldreher discusses the U.S. personal savings rate.

"...The U.S. personal savings rate “has declined dramatically over the past several decades and is currently very low by historical standards,” according to The Hamilton Project, part of the center-left Brookings Institution..."

Commentary: Community college has a lot to offer

Courier-Post • July 6, 2014 • Dr. Terrence Hardee

In this op-ed for the Courier-Post, Dr. Hardee discusses the benefits of investing in a college educaiton, citing work from The Hamilton Project.

Congress’s head-in-the-sand approach to climate change

The Washington Post • July 6, 2014

The Washington Post looks at efforts by a bipartisan group of economic leaders, including THP Advisory Council member Robert E. Rubin, focused on updating environmental legislation.

To back up its claims, the group — led by, among others, Hank Paulson and Bob Rubin, treasury secretaries for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, respectively — commissioned an analysis of the risks that climate change poses to the United States. They only attempted to quantify the impact of a few changes that scientists are confident will occur to some degree with unabated warming: sea-level rise, higher storm surges, heat extremes, higher demand for energy and changes in agricultural production.

Brown: Business community says fully fund MAEP

The Clarion-Ledger • July 5, 2014 • Cecil Brown

Cecil Brown cites findings from The Hamilton Project's strategy paper, A Dozen Economic Facts About K-12 Education, in a discussion on the importance of funding public education.

But there are also societal benefits to a better educated populace. For example, a [Hamilton Project] research paper published by the Brookings Institute found: The lack of good-paying jobs exacerbates the challenges facing less-educated Americans, contributing to higher crime rates and a larger number of working-age adults receiving disability payments, welfare, and other transfers— creating a broader cost to society as well.

The Real War on Women

Economic Intelligence • June 30, 2014 • Abby McCloskey and Aparna Mathur

Abby McCloskey and Aparna Mathur discuss how current legislation discourages women in the labor force. The authors highlight a Hamilton Project paper by Melissa S. Kearney and Lesly Turner proposing a secondary-earner tax credit to benefit working families.

Tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the child care tax credit, are based on family income, not individual income. As a result, the return to work by a woman, usually the secondary earner, is less if she is married. A recent study by Melissa Kearney and Lesly Turner shows how a family headed by a primary earner making $25,000 a year will take home less than 30 percent of a spouse’s earnings because of taxes and the phase-out of benefits. This is hardly an incentive to work.

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