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Neighborhoods with Concentrated Poverty, with Paul Jargowsky, Patrick Sharkey, Ta-Nehisi Coates

April 11, 2014 BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Social Insurance

The Economic Policy Institute and TCF hosted a panel discussion on concentrated poverty with TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky, Patrick Sharkey of NYU, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, and Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. EPI Research Associate Richard Rothstein moderated.

Watch the video from the panel below.

More about the event at EPI's site.

Tags: urban neighborhoods, ta-nehisi coates, sherrilyn ifill, paul jargowsky, patrick sharkey, high-poverty neighborhoods, epi, concentrated poverty

Seeing Our Race and Class Differences, Seeing Past These Differences, Too

April 11, 2014 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Social Insurance

TCF fellow Harold Pollack pens an article in the Washington Monthly regarding race and class privilege in institutions. 


As these debates remind us, we are all to some extent rendered parochial by our race and our class positions, and by other things, too. Age and family responsibilities provide obvious sources of difference. Disability status does, as well. I hate blunderbuss labels such as “black activist” or “white liberal,” which flatten out so much human granularity.

Read the full piece here

Tags: washington monthly, privilege, health care, harold pollack, elder care, disability

What We Need to Know About Equal Pay Day

April 8, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Jessi Stafford TOPICS: Social Insurance

It’s that time of year again. You might be thinking tax season, and technically you’d be right. However, there’s another important date to circle in April: Equal Pay Day. Every April 8, the conversation about equal-pay-for-equal-work starts up again--but this year, Washington may finally take action.

Tags: wage inequality, wage gap, wage discrimination, president obama, paycheck fairness, equal pay day, equal pay, bryce covert

Bloggingheads: Harold Pollack and Glenn Loury

April 4, 2014 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Social Insurance

In this episode of Blogging Heads, TCF fellow Harold Pollack discusses Paul Krugman’s criticism of Paul Ryan’s comments on inner-city poverty with Glenn Loury of Brown University.


Tags: welfare, social insurance, poverty, paul ryan, paul krugman, harold pollack, glenn loury, bloggingheads

Baltimore’s Mobility Program Proves The Success of Housing Vouchers

April 4, 2014 BY: Stefanie A. DeLuca TOPICS: Social Insurance

Empower magazine covers TCF fellow Stefanie DeLuca's research on the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program in a recent post.


In a report published this month in the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management, sociologist Stefanie DeLuca of the Johns Hopkins University said the Baltimore Mobility Program succeeded while so many others failed because it gave families not only the financial support to move, but the chance to experience life in a safe, quiet, diverse place with good schools and quality homes.

Through the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program more than 2,400 African American families have voluntarily moved to quality housing in mixed-income neighborhoods with low poverty rates, quality schools and access to employment and increased quality of life.

Read the full article here

Tags: stefanie deluca, housing vouchers, empower magazine, baltimore housing mobility program, baltimore housing, baltimore

The long road ahead for Obamacare

April 4, 2014 BY: Harold Pollack TOPICS: Social Insurance

In a recent article at MSNBC, TCF fellow Harold Pollack discusses Halbig v. Sebelius and the fate of the healthcare exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.


The case, known as Halbig v. Sebelius, is now before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge could still reverse Friedman’s ruling. And as University of Chicago health policy analyst Harold Pollack shows in a recent blog post, the exchanges would quickly collapse if that happened. The 87% of exchange participants now receiving federal financial assistance would lose it, making even the lowest level of marketplace coverage unaffordable. That would effectively nullify the individual mandate (the government can’t require people to buy coverage beyond their means) — and the loss of enrollees would push individual insurance rates into the stratosphere.

“I trust that no court would be reckless enough to wreak such havoc on such a flimsy basis,” Pollack writes. “Yet … you never know what might happen within a judicial system that is, itself, conspicuously polarized on ideological lines.”

Read more at MSNBC.

Tags: obamacare, msnbc, medicaid, health exchanges, harold pollack, halbig v. sebelius, affordable care act, aca


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