Social Policy

  • In the News

    Improving the employment status of young adults and helping employers meet their workforce needs can be complementary goals, but initiatives [like the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative] need to be carefully structured to address the dynamics of both the supply and demand sides of the labor market.

    July 13, 2015, Martha Ross, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    Rapid levels of economic growth tend to come with inequality. Even if you’re doing okay, there are a lot of people around you doing better, and that frustrates you.

    July 2, 2015, Carol Graham, Forbes
  • In the News

    The good stuff — happiness and prosperity — and the bad stuff — unhappiness, divided communities, poverty — tend to cluster together. We need to understand more about the bad places.

    June 29, 2015, Carol Graham, OZY
  • In the News

    Companies located in places with happier people invest more. In particular, firms in happy places spend more on R&D. That’s because happiness is linked to the kind of longer term thinking necessary for making investments for the future.

    June 9, 2015, Carol Graham, Harvard Business Review
  • In the News

    There can be tremendous deprivation in urban neighbourhoods that are quite adjacent to booming new innovation districts.

    May 27, 2015, Mark Muro, Financial Times
  • In the News

    People can adapt better to adversity — and unpleasant certainty — than they can to uncertainty.

    May 15, 2015, Carol Graham, Radio New Zealand
  • In the News

    Predominantly Buddhist Thailand has been battling an Islamist insurgency in its south for decades and has 'no stomach' for bringing in more Muslims.

    May 15, 2015, Lex Rieffel, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    The poor in the U.S. suffer greater stress and have less faith in the value of hard work than their low-income peers in Latin America, where rich and poor have roughly equal optimism about the possibility of getting ahead… Although there’s not enough data to explain why, the change could be a result of some Latin American countries’ efforts to clean up their economies and take care of the poor, coupled with the U.S. financial crisis of 2008.

    May 12, 2015, Carol Graham, Terp Magazine
  • In the News

    These results [the skills gap] are suggesting that a significant chunk of Americans will have trouble moving up in the labor market and getting out of lower-wage jobs.

    April 30, 2015, Harry J. Holzer, The Fiscal Times
  • Media Roundtable

    What can we expect from the Seventh Summit of the Americas?

    April 3, 2015, Richard Feinberg, Ted Piccone and Harold Trinkunas

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