Social Security Helped Slash Elderly Poverty to 9.2 Percent in the 20th Century – that Triumph is now in Jeopardy

My research shows job opportunities are increasing most rapidly in positions that pay less than US$30,000 thanks to automation as well as the growing demand for personal services – and the accompanying low wages. These types of jobs do not share as much in the fruits of economic growth.

Investigating Local Energy Provision and Community Sustainability

Lack of resources or political support for sustainability are obstacles to integrating energy with environmental economic and social sustainability, but political and bureaucratic institutions that fragment authority are often the greatest barriers to more effective sustainability.  

Pre-emption of Local Governments is Going Too Far

Corcoran claims the Legislature is better able to represent public opinion because it has 120 members versus the handful on most city councils. That's a unique view of representation, but given that he's the speaker and, as the saying goes, is in “the catbird seat," we may need to start asking for local policy directly from our state Legislature.

Making Smart Cities through Urban Analytics

“Urban analytics is the multi-disciplinary area of research concerned with using new and emerging forms of data, alongside computational and statistical techniques, to study cities."  - Singleton, Spielman and Folch

Award-Winning Research on Neighborhood Racial and Income Segregation: A Reflection by Dr. Ihlanfeldt

I analyzed the drastic changes that occurred in Florida’s local housing markets as a result of the housing market crash. The crash caused many home foreclosures in the better SAZs, which ended up as bank owned properties that were sold to large investment companies. These companies rented out these homes, which provided an affordable housing option to many low income/minority families within the better SAZs. According to my research, these rentals have had important effects on moving low income and minority families from bad to good schools. Hence, I have provided the first evidence in favor of adopting the housing affordability option to desegregate our public schools.

How Legislators Use State Constitutions to Block Policy Changes They Oppose

Despite the potential gains and minimized costs, not all state-based policymakers should pursue constitutional amendments as legislative goals. Constitutional amendments require significant time and political capital to ensure success.  Policymakers that do not expect reelection, therefore should avoid this process.  Instead these legislators should use what little political capital they have to quickly enact general legislation in an attempt to codify their own policy preference rather than be subject to the preferences of those that will replace them. 

Solving Wicked Problems through Evidence-Based Governance

Instead of seeking “silver bullets,” we need a “golden path” that uses the research evidence and analytical techniques developed by academics to help government make better policy, budget, and management choices.

Women Can’t Win: Ongoing Offensives against Maternal and Reproductive Health

How can we best navigate a political climate that is hostile to maternity care but that simultaneously tends to define women by their maternal capacity? 

The Resegregation of Florida Schools

White middle-class student enrollment is especially important. Traditionally those students have access to challenging classes, peer groups and strong support systems. Those resources directly affect the quality of education and impact on success in college and in a career, and students of other races and economic classes are equally deserving of such resources.

Fighting Food Insecurity on Capitol Hill

I am so grateful for all that I learned through working with Congressman Lawson. I was truly able to immerse myself in the governmental process this summer. I believe that the skills and connections I made will serve as a springboard for more unique opportunities in the future. This summer I interned at the House …