04/19/2018

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Government Spending: It’s Children vs. Grandparents

To those paying attention, the recent strikes for higher teachers’ pay in West Virginia and Oklahoma are a harbinger of things to come. You can attribute the strikes to the stinginess of the states’ political leaders. After all, average annual teachers’ salaries in these states ranked respectively 49th lowest (Oklahoma at $45,276) and 48th lowest […]

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A look at the black diaspora of the Bay Area

A recent survey shows that while buying a home in the San Francisco Bay Area these days is an uphill climb for almost everybody, it’s a nearly impossible dream for the region’s Hispanic and African-America residents. The Zillow study showed that black home buyers could afford only one in ten homes in the San Jose […]

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Higher Education and Latinos in California

Hispanic Intenders and Parents of Intenders more likely than Non-Hispanics to support increased funding for higher education; More than half of Intenders, and Parents of Intenders support CA’s next Governor making post high school degree attainment a top priority Majority of all segments support making college affordability a priority (Intenders, Parents of Intenders, Non-Intenders) More […]

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The average American is much better off now than four decades ago

JUST how bad have the past four decades been for ordinary Americans? One much-cited figure suggests they have been pretty bad. The Census Bureau estimates that for the median household, halfway along the distribution, income has barely grown in real terms since 1979. But a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a non-partisan […]

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Southern California’s growing demographic dilemma

But even among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles-Orange County region’s growth rate last year dropped precipitously — .19 percent — less than one third the average for the country’s 53 largest metro areas. By itself, Los Angeles’ rate was even lower, an insignificant .13 percent. Overall, L.A.-Orange County ranked lower than all […]

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In Pricey Cities, New Residents Make Much More Than Those Leaving

Families of more modest means are leaving expensive American urban areas and being replaced by more affluent newcomers, and the income gap between those arriving and leaving hot spots is widening. New research from Issi Romem, chief economist at building-data website BuildZoom, finds that metropolitan areas such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and […]

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Iowa’s Employment Problem: Too Many Jobs, Not Enough People

It is a problem playing out in many parts of the Midwest, a region with lower unemployment and higher job-opening rates than the rest of the country. Employers, especially in more rural areas, are finding that there are just too few workers. That upends a long-running view in Washington, D.C., and many state capitals, where […]

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Characteristics of Domestic Cross-Metropolitan Migrants

Sustained housing price appreciation could also exert increasingly selective pressure on the kinds of jobs that are feasible to maintain in the expensive metros. Employers who wish to stay in business cannot afford to pay workers a wage that exceeds their contribution to revenue. As a result, employers in the expensive coastal metros would be […]

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‘The Sequence’ Is the Secret to Success

For the vast majority of young adults in Asia, the path to success clearly runs through education, work and marriage—in that order. Families, schools, media and society at large all reinforce that message. A similar path to success for young adults exists in America. Brookings scholars Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill call it the “success […]

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Some millennials aren’t saving for retirement because they don’t think capitalism will exist by then

CNN reported last week that 66 percent of millennials aged 21 to 32 have nothing saved for retirement. And while their writer chalks up this inequity to student loans, “stagnant wages” and “high unemployment,” there may yet be a deeper cause: many millennials honestly don’t see a future for our economic system. The aforementioned CNN […]

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San Francisco Has a People Problem

San Francisco is such a boomtown that people are leaving in droves. In 2016 and 2017, more people moved out of the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area—an urban core of 4.7 million people in a broader region known as the Bay Area—than moved into it from other parts of California or the U.S., according to U.S. […]

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California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders

Net annual departures from California slowed to about 20,000 after the recession, but have climbed back to more than 100,000, according to the Census Bureau. “A lot of people feel like they want to get out while those markets are hot,” said Jaime Moore, a real estate agent based in Reno who is with Redfin, […]

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Work and opportunity before and after incarceration

The tax code provides subsidies for employers to hire ex-felons, to promote employment among low-income workers, and to encourage economic opportunity in distressed areas. These incentives are motivated to different degrees by a belief that economic opportunity facilitates successful reintegration of ex-felons and deters entry into crime. In this paper, we offer a more comprehensive […]

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After 40 Years, the Black-White Labor Force Participation Gap Has All But Closed

Black labor-force participation—meaning the number of people working or looking for work—is trending up, while broader participation in the U.S., particularly among whites, has flattened after falling. Participation by race is now near a crossroad. The share of black Americans actively working or looking for work was 62.9% in February, while the corresponding white rate […]

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If California’s the future, why are so many leaving?

California, many say, is the future. A center for creative industries and new technology—look at its impressive rollout of electric vehicles and autonomous cars—it’s also a diverse state, pushing progressive policies that could be models for the rest of the country. And people are leaving in droves for opportunities elsewhere. The actual migration patterns in […]

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