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Where childcare costs are the most outrageous

Vox.com • June 19, 2014 • Danielle Kurtzlebe

Danielle Kurtzlebe of Vox.com features new Hamilton Project work by James Ziliak on where child-care costs are the highest and what can be done to alleviate the costs for working parents.

According to a new report from the Hamilton Project, those child care costs can be fantastically high, depending on where you live.

Not so fast: Recession complicates effort to measure Maine and nation’s economic recovery

Bangor Daily News • June 19, 2014 • Darren Fishel

Bangor Daily News looks at economic recovery in the United States, citing information from The Hamilton Project's state-by-state jobs gap chart.

The chart below, using Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by The Hamilton Project, provides a view of how the percentage of adults with jobs has changed since the recession in each state and the number of jobs that would need to be regained to reach that level again.

Bill Clinton calls for fresh ideas, more action to fight poverty in the United States

News Observer • June 19, 2014 • Renee Schoof

News Observer features President Bill Clinton's keynote remarks at The Hamilton Project's anti-poverty summit.

The former president spoke at a conference of The Hamilton Project, an economic research group at The Brookings Institution. The conference was a discussion of 14 proposals to fight poverty that the group unveiled on Thursday.

A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job

The New York Times • June 17, 2014 • Eduardo Porter

Eduardo Porter of The New York Times features new Hamilton Project paper by Harry Holzer on incentivizing colleges to provide better training opportunities for disadvantaged students.

Scholars have proposed several strategies to improve the job prospects of disadvantaged students. In a proposal to be released this week by the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, Harry J. Holzer of Georgetown University urges states to provide incentives to universities to steer students toward higher-wage occupations, including tying college funding formulas to the wages of graduates five years after graduation.

Recovery Denied

Truth Out • June 17, 2014 • John Miller

Truth Out discusses trends in the latest employment numbers and discusses The Hamilton Project's "jobs gap" calculator.

But replacing the jobs lost in the recession is not enough to close the jobs gap. Each month, approximately 125,000 people enter the labor force in search of work. These new entrants must be able to find jobs before unemployment returns to pre-recession levels. The Hamilton Project, a policy group dedicated to restoring broad-based economic growth, calculates that if the economy were to add 208,000 jobs a month, matching the best year of job creation in the 2000s, it would still take until August 2018 to close the jobs gap.

The Surprising Ingredient for Bipartisan Reform: Hit Show ‘Orange Is the New Black’

The Daily Signal • June 17, 2014 • Mary Clare Reim and Alayna Ackerman

How does a hit Internet series impact incarceration reform? Mary Clare Reim and Alayna Ackerman discuss how Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' may lead to bipartisan reform on high incarceration as presented by The Hamilton Project's recently released list of economic facts on crime and incarceration in the United States.

“These high levels of incarceration come at a steep price: On average in 2012, it costs more than $29,000 per year to house an inmate in federal prison. In 2008, California spent $47,102 per inmate per year. According to the Hamilton Project, “each U.S. resident on average contributed $260 to corrections expenditures in 2010, which stands in stark contrast to the $77 each resident contributed in 1980.”

Is the Jobs Picture Finally Back to Normal? Not Really

Motley Fool • June 14, 2014 • Amanda Alix

The Motley Fool features The Hamilton Project's jobs gap report.

The folks at the Economic Policy Institute concur, adding that even those stellar new numbers leave the U.S. economy with a deficit of about 7 million jobs. The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute charts the jobs gap every month, going so far as to compute how long it will take to close that 7-million job deficit. Even with a consistent monthly influx of 208,000 jobs, the gap will likely persist until August 2018.

Finding Shock Absorbers for Student Debt

The Upshot • June 14, 2014 • Susan Dynarski

Hamilton Project author Susan Dynarski discusses recent legislation concerning student debt, and references her THP proposal on automatic, income-based loan payment programs.

It’s crucial that payment adjustments be automatic for the borrower. In fact, “Automatic for the Borrower” is a proposal released in March by a network of nonprofit groups. I’ve also written a brief on this idea for the Hamilton Project, a Brookings Institution initiative. Australia, Britain and New Zealand have developed automatic, income-based loan payment programs.

The gap between the poor and the middle matters, too

Vox.com • June 13, 2014 • Danielle Kurtzlebe

Vox.com features new NBER working paper by Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip Levine on how low socioeconomic status of younge men impacts their high school graduation.

Maryland's Melissa Kearney and Wellesley's Phillip Levine decided to focus on one outcome — high school dropout rates — and to specifically examine it based on the distance between the 50th and 10th percentiles. The idea, they write, is to focus here because "the gap between being poor and being in the middle of the distribution is arguably more relevant to the lives of the economically disadvantaged than is the gap between being poor and the top 10 or 1 percent."

The Government as Venture Capitalist

Project Syndicate • June 13, 2014 • Laura Tyson

Advisory Council member Laura Tyson discusses private activity to address social problems in her latest piece for Project Syndicate.

On one hand, public trust in government is at an all-time low. On the other hand, Americans are deeply frustrated with gaping holes in health care, education, equality of opportunity, infrastructure, and environmental protection – goods and services traditionally provided by government.

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