Impact University: Politics & Public Policy

Behavioral Economics

When Work Disappears >

Wilson, W.J. (Winter 1996-97 Political Science Quarterly): "For the first time in the twentieth century, most adults in many inner-city ghetto neighborhoods are not working a typical week. The disappearance of work has adversely affected not only individuals, families, and neighborhoods, but the social life of the city at large as well."

NPR

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness By 91 Percent; Here’s How >

A decade ago, Utah set itself an ambitious goal: end chronic homelessness. As of 2015, the state can just about declare victory: The population of chronically homeless people has dropped by 91 percent.

Economics

It Can’t Happen Here >

Froomkin, D. (2015-08-16, Nieman Reports): Poverty is hardly a new phenomenon in the hardscrabble highlands of Missouri's Ozarks. But to David Stoeffler, freshly arrived at the helm of the Springfield News-Leader, the fact that two out of five families in the area with children under 18 lived below the poverty line seemed like a huge story.

Civic Engagement/ Demographics

To the Class of 2013 : Resist Simplicity >

Carter, S.L. (2013-05-09, Bloomberg View): Today's world has become a difficult and often frightening place to live where people face many challenges. The current generation must look to build a better America and think for themselves.

College Preparedness & Success

The Parenting Gap >

Reeves, R. (2013-Fall, The Democracy Journal): There is a cacophonous debate on how to reform schools, open up colleges, and widen access to pre-K learning. But too little attention is paid to another divide affecting social mobility—the parenting gap.

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