Reports: Economic opportunity

Making Ends Meet: How Many Minnesota Jobs Pay Enough to Meet Basic Needs?
North Star Policy Institute, February 2018, 34 pp.
This report examines jobs with wages sufficient to meet basic needs in each of Minnesota's thirteen economic development regions. The "typical famliy's basic needs hourly wage" is defined by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in the 2017 Minnesota Cost of Living Study.   more info >

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2017, 228 pp.
Reports data on a set of indicators of child well-being. Indicators included are in the categories of family and social environment, economic categories, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This is an annual report.   more info >

Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, 2016 Annual Report
Governor's Task Force on Broadband, December 2016, 65 pp.
This report summarizes the work of the 2016 Task Force on Broadband, addressing issues related to broadband adoption and affordability; emerging technologies and cybersecurity; and broadband accessibility. It includes policy recommendations for the governor and the Minnesota Legislature to consider.   more info >

Responsible Banking in the Twin Cities
Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the University of Minnesota, August 2016, 61 pp.
This report investigates the current state of lending practices by financial institutions in the Twin-Cities metropolitan statistical area, using publicly available loan application data from 2008 through 2013. It shows that minorities are disproportionately more likely to have their loan applications rejected in the Twin Cities area.   more info >

Levels and Trends in the Income Mobility of U.S. Families, 1977–2012
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, July 2016, 41 pp.
This paper examines patterns of income mobility of U.S. families with working-age heads and spouses between 1977 and 2012, using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and a number of mobility concepts and measures.   more info >

Minnesota Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity
Voices for Racial Justice, July 2016, 64 pp.
Annual report  that looks at the previous Minnesota legislative session, focusing on advancing racial equity. Individual legislators and the governor are graded on their support for bills to support education equity, health equity, economic and wealth equity, civil rights and criminal justice, and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty.   more info >

Child Poverty in North Dakota
Kids Count North Dakota, June 2016, 2 pp.
Child poverty data by North Dakota county.   more info >

Central Corridor Key Outcomes
Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, June 2016, 60 pp.
Annual report designed to inform the impacts of the Central Corridor light rail transit line on the regional economy and adjacent neighborhoods.   more info >

Rural Pulse 2016
Blandin Foundation, May 2016, 91 pp.
Results of a survey of rural Minnesotans, done every three years. It presents demographic information including data on employment, family income, and length of residence. Respondents were asked questions about community leadership, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, life-long learning, infrastructure and services, recreational and artistic opportunity, safety and security, and inclusion. Respondents were asked to select the most critical issue to their community.   more info >

Household Expenditures and Income
The Pew Charitable Trusts, March 2016, 20 pp.
This chartbook uses the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey to explore household expenditures, examining changes in overall spending and across individual categories from 1996 to 2014. By examining household spending, it helps to shed light on family financial security over time, and especially in recent years.   more info >

Profile of Older Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, January 2016, 18 pp.
National data profile of older adults, including living arrangements, racial and ethnic composition, geographic distribution, income, poverty, housing, employment, education, health and health care, disability, and caregiving. New reports are issued annually.   more info >

Opportunity, Responsibility and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream
Brookings Institute, December 2015, 88 pp.
This report presents a consensus plan to reduce poverty and restore the American Dream despite political polarization. It begins with a review of basic facts about poverty, mobility, education, employment, and marriage in America today, includes chapters on how changes in family, work, and education have together forced more Americans into poverty, and concludes with a recommended path forward.   more info >

Pillars of Prosperity: Leveraging Regional Assets to Grow Minnesota's Economy
Brookings Institution, September 2015, 36 pp.
Presents trends and recommendations focused on how the state of Minnesota should take a regional approach to encourage economic growth.   more info >

Areas of Concentrated Poverty in the Twin Cities Region
Metropolitan Council, June 2015, 8 pp.
This report identifies geographic areas of concentrated poverty in the Twin Cities region, including information about demographics and changes over time.   more info >

The Impact and Health of the Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector
Minnesota Citizents for the Arts, February 2015, 32 pp.
Comprehensive report of the non-profit creative sector, aimed at improving understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy.   more info >

A New Majority: Low Income Students Now a Majority In the Nation's Public Schools
Southern Education Foundation, January 2015, 6 pp.
Provides data showing that a majority of students attending public schools come from low-income families and discusses implications of the findings.   more info >

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach
Annie E. Casey Foundation, November 2014, 16 pp.
A KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for creating opportunity for families by addressing the needs of parents and their children simultaneously. Describes a new approach to reducing poverty, which calls for connecting low-income families with early childhood education, job training and other tools to achieve financial stability.   more info >

Immigrant Contributions to Minnesota's Economy
Partnership for New American Economy, October 2014, 12 pp.
Analysis finds that foreign-born Minnesotans contribute more in tax contributions and purchasing power than previously realized, and that they are responsible for 7.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.   more info >

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2014, 52 pp.
Presents the Race for Results Index, a collection of data presented by racial and ethnic groups and by state. Indicators address early childhood, academic achievement, teen parenting, higher education, and family characteristics.   more info >

America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being.   more info >

Return on Investment in the Jeremiah Program
Wilder Research, April 2014, 31 pp.
The Jeremiah Program provides supportive housing and services to break the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children. Wilder Research conducted a social return on investment (ROI) analysis of the program to estimate the economic value of the outcomes of the program compared to the associated investments.   more info >

Ninth District Insight: A Front-line Perspective on the Economic Health of Low- to Moderate-Income Communities
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, April 2014, 12 pp.
Presents findings from a semiannual survey of community development and service organizations that is designed to provide insight on key indicators related to the economic health of low- to moderate-income communities. State-level data are available for states in the ninth district, including Minnesota and North Dakota.   more info >

Cross-Currents: Artists and Manufacturers Strengthening Place
Art-Force, April 2014, 6 pp.
In response to job losses and decreases in state funding for the arts in rural communities, Art-Force explored how connecting artists with manufacturing firms in rural communities could create alternative sources of income for artists and revenue for manufacturers, while also creating a social, artistic and commercial connection to place.   more info >

State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports.   more info >

Characteristics of People and Cases on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Annual Reports
Minnesota Department of Human Services, April 2014, 27 pp.
Annual report that provides a snapshot of the household, demographic, and economic characteristics of Minnesota households receiving food support.   more info >

Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities
FSG, March 2014, 29 pp.
Highlights lessons learned and best practices from projects that work to disrupt poverty by building financial security.   more info >

Less-Educated Workers' Unstable Employment: Can the Safety Net Help?
Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2014, 6 pp.
A study of the interaction of the safety net with the increasing employment instability faced by low-wage workers.   more info >

Basic Facts About Low-Income Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, February 2014, 8 pp.
This annual report presents statistics on the number and characteristics of children living in low-income families in the United States. Reports are broken down into age ranges.   more info >

The State of America's Children
Children's Defense Fund, January 2014
A compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. Report is compiled annually.   more info >

Through a Different Lens: The War on Poverty and a New Vision for the Future
Family Independence Initiative, January 2014, 8 pp.
Describes a new approach to economic and social mobility.   more info >

Chart Book: The War on Poverty at 50
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, January 2014, 8 pp.
Charts progress on addressing poverty over the last 50 years, including among the elderly and children.   more info >

Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
Metropolitan Council, January 2014
Information and data about diversity and equity in the Twin Cities. Looks at areas of concentrated poverty and indicators of opportunity.   more info >

Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States
National Bureau of Economic Research, January 2014, 94 pp.
In-depth look at intergenerational mobility in the United States, including the relationship between parent and child income, geographic differences, and the factors correlated with upward mobility.   more info >

Mobility and the Metropolis
The Pew Charitable Trusts, December 2013, 23 pp.
This report shows that neighborhoods play an important role in determining a family's prospects of moving up the economic ladder.   more info >

Unemployment Disparity in Minnesota
State Advisory Committees to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, December 2013, 105 pp.
In-depth look at unemployment disparities in Minnesota.   more info >

Elderly Immigrants in the United States
Population Reference Bureau, October 2013, 9 pp.
Profile of immigrants who are older adults: demographic trends, economic circumstances, living arrangements, and health.   more info >

The Twin Cities in 2012: An Uneven Recovery
Metropolitan Council, September 2013, 6 pp.
An economic profile of the Twin Cities based on data from the Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey.   more info >

The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Minnesota
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, September 2013, 61 pp.
Presents data and research on the economic contributions and costs of immigrants in Minnesota.   more info >

Widening Economic Inequality in Minnesota: Causes, Effects, and a Proposal for Estimating its Impact in Policymaking
Growth & Justice, August 2013, 15 pp.
Looks at income inequality in Minnesota and the United States. Presents data, discusses the impact of inequality on the economy and society, and explores the causes of inequality.   more info >

Rural Pulse 2013
Blandin Foundation, May 2013, 6 pp.
Research study designed to give a snapshot of the concerns, perceptions and priorities of rural Minnesota residents. For the first time, the survey included the perspectives of urban residents as well as specific racial and cultural perspectives.   more info >

APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty
Academic Pediatric Association, April 2013, 7 pp.
Outlines the Academic Pediatric Association's strategic agenda for addressing childhood poverty.   more info >

Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation
Urban Institute, April 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses the racial wealth gap and how it affects opportunity.   more info >

Recent data show continued growth in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use
Carsey Institute, January 2013, 4 pp.
This issue brief examines rates of SNAP receipt in 2011, paying particular attention to changes since the start of the recession and households at risk for food insecurity.   more info >

Over Sixteen Million Children in Poverty in 2011
The Carsey Institute, September 2012, 8 pp.
Child poverty data from the American Community Survey. Data are presented for the United States, regions, and states.   more info >

Minnesota Minimum-Wage Report, 2011
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, August 2012, 27 pp.
Presents statistics about minimum-wage workers in Minnesota.   more info >

Hennepin County Aging Initiative, Community Focus Group Project: What are Older Adults Thinking About the Next 15 Years?
Hennepin County, May 2012, 90 pp.
Focus groups were held with Hennepin County residents age 55-65 to gather information about how they see their lives and their expectations for health care, housing, transportation and other services in the next fifteen years.   more info >

Making Ends Meet: Hmong Socioeconomic Trends in the U.S.
Hmong Studies Journal, April 2012, 20 pp.
This article explores changes in the social and economic characteristics of the Hmong population in America over the last few decades, including which factors have contributed to differences in socioeconomic status of Hmong Americans in various communities and how the U.S. economic recession impacted Hmong Americans.   more info >

The Re-emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s
Brookings Institution, November 2011, 35 pp.
This study examines 100 metro areas and finds that the number of extreme-poverty census tracts, where poverty rates exceed 40%, rose by one-third over the past decade. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area saw a 2.7% increase in share of the poor population in extreme-poverty tracts.   more info >

Measuring the Impact of Dommunity Development: A Conversation with Paul Mattessich of Wilder Research
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, July 2011
How to effectively measure the impact of community development organizations and related questions.   more info >

Healthy Kids and Strong Working Families: Improving Economic Security for North Dakota Families With Children
National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2011, 12 pp.
Looks at the basic costs associated with living and working in North Dakota and illustrates the role of work supports in helping low-income families make ends meet.   more info >

Immigrant Children: The Future of Children Spring 2011
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2011, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at the well-being of immigrant children and what can be done to improve their educational attainment, health, social and cognitive development, and long-term prospects for economic mobility.   more info >

Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-being
U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, March 2011, 97 pp.
This report provides a statistical picture of women in America in five critical areas: demographic and family changes, education, employment, health, and crime and violence.   more info >

Building Economic Security in America's Cities: Municipal Strategies for Asset Building and Financial Empowerment
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), January 2011, 96 pp.
Cities are increasingly offering strategies to help families save money, leverage those savings into assets and have access to fair credit according to this report, which highlights successful strategies to help families achieve self-sufficiency.   more info >

Assets and Opportunity Profile: St. Paul
Corporation for Enterprise Development, December 2010, 8 pp.
This profile focuses on wealth, poverty and opportunity in St. Paul. It includes a data snapshot of the financial security and opportunities for St. Paul residents as well as an overview of what it takes for households to achieve financial security.   more info >

Assets and Opportunity Profile: Minneapolis
Corporation for Enterprise Development, December 2010, 8 pp.
This profile focuses on wealth, poverty and opportunity in Minneapolis. It includes a data snapshot of the financial security and opportunities for Minneapolis residents as well as an overview of what it takes for households to achieve financial security.   more info >

14 Solutions that expand job and economic opportunity, and reduce Minnesota's disparities
Organizing Apprenticeship Project, December 2010, 16 pp.
This policy brief offers solutions that expand opportunity, reduce Minnesota's racial, gender and economic disparities, and highlights equity implications of the most pressing policy issues.   more info >

Soul of the Community: St. Paul, MN
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, November 2010, 20 pp.
This study was conducted over three years in 26 cities across the United States where Knight Foundation is active. It was designed to find out what emotionally attaches people to a community and what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there.   more info >

Soul of the Community: Duluth, MN
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, November 2010, 22 pp.
The goal of the Knight Foundation-Gallup Soul of the Community project is to explore how community qualities influence residents' feelings about where they live, and how those perceptions relate to local economic growth and vitality.   more info >

Transform 2010: Data report - baby boomer survey
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2010, 24 pp.
Results of a survey of Minnesota baby boomers that asked for their thoughts about work and housing and how they expect to approach these issues in the next 10 years.   more info >

Big ideas: Game-changers for Children
First Focus, September 2010, 150 pp.
In an effort to generate new and innovative ideas to improve child well-being in the United States, First Focus called upon policy thinkers to provide game-changing proposals designed to advance federal children's policy.   more info >

Young Children of Immigrants: The Leading Edge of America's Future
The Urban Institute, August 2010, 14 pp.
Highlights information about children 0-8 growing up in immigrant families in the United States, including immigration trends, impact on schools, and parental and family characteristics.   more info >

A Modern Framework for Measuring Poverty and Basic Economic Security
Center for Economic and Policy Research, April 2010, 63 pp.
Presents a series of recommendations for improving the way poverty is measured while addressing why the current measure is insufficient and examining the Supplemental Income Poverty Measure as proposed by the Obama administration.   more info >

U.S. Economic and Social Trends Since 2000
Population Reference Bureau, February 2010, 20 pp.
Presents social and economic data from the American Community Survey.   more info >

North Dakota Economic Development Strategic Plan: 2010-2020
North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, February 2010, 20 pp.
This is a strategic plan aimed at increasing economic growth in North Dakota. It provides an overall economic assessment of the state and examines individual business sectors and industries.   more info >

Living Longer on Less: The New Economic (in)Security of Seniors
The Institute on Assets and Social Policy; Demos, December 2009, 28 pp.
This report examines the long-term economic security of seniors, depicts current trends and suggests policies promoting the enduring well-being of seniors. It uses the Senior Financial Stability Index (SFSI) to measure the long-term economic security of senior households throughout their retirement years.   more info >

Measure by Measure: The Current Poverty Measure v. the National Academy of Sciences Measures
CLASP, November 2009, 11 pp.
Compares the current federal poverty measure and the more recently-developed National Academy of Sciences measures. The report includes comparisons of the current poverty rate by state with the rates using the NAS measures.   more info >

Alternative Welfare-to-Work Strategies for the Hard-to-Employ: Testing Transitional Jobs and Pre-Employment Services in Philadelphia
MDRC, October 2009, 186 pp.
This report presents interim results from an evaluation of two different welfare-to-work strategies for hard-to-employ recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Philadelphia. The study is part of a larger project testing innovative employment strategies for groups facing serious obstacles to finding and keeping a steady job.   more info >

A Woman's Nation Changes Everything
Center for American Progress, October 2009, 454 pp.
Discusses how a workforce comprised of half women changes many aspects of the nation.   more info >

Strengthening Community Colleges' Influence on Economic Mobility
Economic Mobility Project, October 2009, 43 pp.
This paper examines the role community colleges play in enhancing the upward mobility of their students. The study looks at the various pathways through which students can increase their earnings, including transferring to a four-year college and completing an associate degree or certificate in a range of high-return fields.   more info >

Increasing the Percentage of Children Living in Two-Parent Families
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 13 pp.
Strategies for increasing the percentage of children who live in two-parent families, an indicator of child well-being.   more info >

Reducing the Child Poverty Rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 16 pp.
This brief describes strategies to help lift families and children out of poverty and move toward greater economic security.   more info >

Neighborhoods and the Black-White Mobility Gap
Economic Mobility Project - The Pew Charitable Trusts, July 2009, 42 pp.
Explores the impact of neighborhood poverty rates on future earnings.The report examines whether neighborhood poverty in childhood impacts the ability of both black and white adults to move up or down the income ladder relative to their parents and provides an overview of the policy implications.   more info >

Turning Point: The Long Term Effects of Recession-Induced Child Poverty
First Focus, May 2009, 15 pp.
A study showing that children who fall into poverty during a recession will suffer in adulthood.   more info >

Housing as a Lever for Economic Recovery
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Minnesota Housing Partnership, February 2009, 20 pp.
Based on regional and national studies, this report reveals that investments in housing infrastructure, both new construction and rehabilitation, help create jobs, and increase economic activity and public revenues while addressing the housing crisis across Minnesota.   more info >

Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, Legislative Report
Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, January 2009, 72 pp.
The Commission's final report of research results. In addition to including the Commission's recommendations for ending poverty in Minnesota by 2020, it includes: the case for ending poverty in Minnesota, key elements that determine poverty, what economists and other experts are saying about workforce trends, ideas for implementing the recommendations, and special sections on economic disparities and the connection between health care and poverty.   more info >

Elders Living on the Edge: When Meeting Basic Needs Exceeds Available Income in Minnesota
Wider Opportunities for Women, January 2009, 24 pp.
Examines what it costs for older adults in Minnesota to meet the costs of living. This brief explores the degree to which income supports ensure economic security and makes recommendations for policy changes to ensure that every Minnesota elder has adequate food, shelter, health care, transportation, and income to cover basic needs.   more info >

Elder Economic Security Initiative Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Minnesota
Wider Opportunities for Women, January 2009, 132 pp.
Addresses income adequacy for Minnesota’s older adults using the National Elder Economic Security Standard Index methodology. The Elder Index benchmarks basic costs of living for elder households and illustrates how costs of living vary geographically and are based on the characteristics of elder households, including household size, home ownership or renter status, and health status.   more info >

Southeast Minnesota Needs Assessment: A Profile of the Characteristics and Service Needs of the Region's Residents
Wilder Research, December 2008, 78 pp.
Findings from an assessment of the needs of low-income residents in an 11-county region served by three community agencies. Surveys were completed in 2005 and 2008.   more info >

Ethnic Capital and Minnesota's Future: People of Liberian Origin in Minnesota
Bruce P. Corrie, November 2008, 17 pp.
Using a series of policy scenarios, the author documents the economic contributions of people of Liberian origin in Minnesota.   more info >

Staying Afloat in Tough Times: What States Are and Aren't Doing to Promote Family Economic Security
National Center for Children in Poverty, August 2008, 23 pp.
Examines state-level policies that help families both avoid and cope with economic hardship. The report highlights policies that benefit individual families and for which 50-state data sources are available. Three categories of policies are included: work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development and protection.   more info >

Enabling Families to Weather Emergencies and Develop: The Role of Assets
The Urban Institute, July 2008, 30 pp.
About four in five low-income families are "asset poor," lacking enough liquid savings to live for three months at the federal poverty level without earnings. This report examines a cluster of policies that would improve financial markets and savings opportunities for low-income families.   more info >

Interim Report from the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020
Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, June 2008, 32 pp.
A report on the commission's progress since its creation in June 2007. It also provides a brief history of the commission and a snapshot of poverty in Minnesota.   more info >

Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States
Brookings Institute, Metropolitan Policy Program, February 2008, 20 pp.
This paper examines workers' commuting costs and travel modes, as well as the relationship between housing and commuting costs.  The analysis focuses on the working poor but draws on the experiences of all workers.   more info >

Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Artists in Minnesota, 2007
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, November 2007
Detailed regional studies documenting the annual economic impact of Minnesota’s individual artists. One statewide study also looks at artists' access to health care and retirement plans.   more info >

Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America
The Brookings Institution, as part of the Pew Economic Mobility Initiative, November 2007, 120 pp.
This report is one in a series on economic opportunity.  It seeks to frame the debate about effective policies on opportunity and mobility in America in light  of growing  income inequality and slower economic growth.   more info >

Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use Among Low-Income Mothers
Urban Institute, August 2007, 38 pp.
Analyzes how mental health problems impede low-income mothers' ability to work and how health insurance improves access to mental health treatment.   more info >

Microenterprise Programs as Asset Builders
The Aspen Institute, June 2007, 4 pp.
Strategies being used by microenterprise development programs to help low-income families improve their financial footing, acquire assets and build wealth.   more info >

Income Distribution Trends in Minnesota
MInnesota State Demographic Center, May 2007, 19 pp.
This report employs several widely-used measures to show trends in economic inequality in the United States and Minnesota.  In doing so, it establishes benchmarks for tracking future changes in poverty, income and income distribution.   more info >

A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families
Center for Housing Policy, October 2006, 32 pp.
This study presents the combined housing and transportation cost burdens of households, with a focus on working families at the neighborhood level in 28 metropolitan areas.   more info >

Economic Development and Smart Growth
International Economic Development Council, August 2006, 50 pp.
Eight case studies on the connections between smart growth development and jobs, wealth and quality of life in communities.   more info >

State Policy Options to Encourage Asset Development for Low-Income Families
NGA Center for Best Practices, February 2006, 17 pp.
Suggests a range of strategies for policymakers to help promote savings and increase income levels among low-income individuals and families.   more info >

Minority Suburbanization, Stable Integration, and Economic Opportunity in Fifteen Metropolitan Regions
Institute on Race and Poverty, February 2006, 67 pp.
Report examining the dynamics of suburbanization and racial change in fifteen large U.S. metropolitan areas from 1980-2000, and the geography of jobs from 1990-2000. Minneapolis is one of the fifteen metropolitan areas examined.   more info >

2006 Carver County Quality of Life Indicators Report
Carver County, January 2006, 67 pp.
Provides a status report on the quality of life in Carver County based on 42 key indicators in nine different categories, including: economics, education, environment, growth and housing, health, mobility, leisure and recreation, social, and public safety.   more info >

The Shared Fortunes of Cities and Suburbs
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, July 2005, 60 pp.
Federal Reserve Bank examination of the main forces that have influenced the growth of cities and suburbs over the past century. The article finds that cooperation, rather than competition, between cities and suburbs make metro areas attractive and productive places to live and work.   more info >

Opening Opportunities, Building Ownership: Fulfilling the Promise of Microenterprise in the United States
Aspen Institute, January 2005, 127 pp.
Offers an explanation of the context and scope of microenterprise in the United States and describes some of the factors driving low-income Americans toward self-employment. Articulates ways to help transform the field and position it for long-term growth and sustainability.   more info >

Working Hard, Falling Short: America's Working Families and the Pursuit of Economic Security
Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 2004, 32 pp.
Highlights five broad findings about low-income working families in the United States and makes recommendations.   more info >

Demographic change and the life circumstances of immigrant families
The Future of Children, July 2004, 31 pp.
A description of the major demographic shifts over the past half-century including statistics reflecting the circumstances of the nation's children across various racial/ethnic groups.   more info >

Race, Ethnicity, and Economic Well-being: Snapshots III of America's Families
Urban Institute, March 2004, 2 pp.
Uses data from the National Survey of America's Families to look at changes in the economic well-being of nonelderly persons by race and ethnicity.   more info >

Moving from welfare to work: asset-building practices in welfare reform
Michigan State University, February 2004, 8 pp.
This brief presents examples of state organizational structures and program elements with the potential for building assets in TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients   more info >

Making work pay: How to design and implement financial work supports to improve family and child well-being and reduce poverty
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), April 2003, 77 pp.
Focuses on designing and implementing financial supports that will reinforce the welfare-to-work message while increasing family income, and positively affect low income families and their children.   more info >

Built to Last: Why Skills Matter for Long-Run Success in Welfare Reform
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)|National Institute for Literacy|National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium, March 2003, 32 pp.
Discusses the importance of education and training programs in helping low-income parents; which welfare-to-work strategies work best; and implications for federal, state, and local TANF policies.   more info >

Poverty Experience of Older Persons: A poverty Study from a Long-Term Perspective
AARP, February 2003, 28 pp.
Focuses on long-term poverty for older persons, specifically on the following questions: 1) "Are older persons more or less likely than younger persons to fall into poverty for a long period, and 2) are older persons more or less likely than younger persons to escape poverty after they become poor?"   more info >

Families Coping Without Earnings or Government Cash Assistance
The Urban Institute, January 2003, 45 pp.
"This study is based on qualitative interviews with 95 extremely poor families (cash income below 50 percent of the federal poverty level) living without employment income or government cash assistance... The study was designed to understand why some families live outside the government cash income support system despite extreme poverty."   more info >

Transition Events in the Dynamics of Poverty
The Urban Institute, August 2002, 119 pp.
This study focuses on three questions: "What are the dynamics behind changes in the poverty rate over time?," "What events increase individuals' likelihood of entering and exiting poverty?" and "What is the likelihood of entering and exiting poverty given these different events?"   more info >

Speaking for Themselves: A Survey of Hispanic, Russian, and Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis-Saint Paul
Wilder Research, November 2000, 20 pp.
This survey explores shared experiences as well as a wealth of differences among four major immigrant groups in the Twin Cities area. Topics include reasons for leaving home, reasons for coming to the United States and Minnesota, English language ability, treatment by Americans, views about cultural identity and Americanization, children and schools, religious identification, types of employment, stress factors, and sources of news and information.   more info >

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Prosperity Now Scorecard
Ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on performance measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care and Education.   more info >

Jobs for the Future
Research on the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults.   more info >

A social policy research organization that works to improve the well-being of low-income people. Many reports are available on-line.   more info >

JOBS NOW Coalition
Cost of living in Minnesota - wage and budget calculator, Minnesota employment and wage information.   more info >

Economic Policy Institute
Focuses on the economic condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families. Includes issue guides on the following topics: living wage, minimum wage, poverty and family budgets, retirement security, Social Security, unemployment insurance, and welfare.   more info >

Institute for Research on Poverty
Research on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.   more info >

National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more.   more info >
Presents measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis for states, counties, large cities, and metropolitan areas.   more info >

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