Research Roundup

Feb 15, 2007
A new Urban Institute study finds that while the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has signed up close to 70 percent of its target population, 1.8 million eligible children nationwide are still not enrolled and new federal funding is needed to meet that goal.
Feb 08, 2007

From New York to Los Angeles, new immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as key engines of urban growth, according to the Center for an Urban Future, with first generation immigrants creating a massive number of new businesses in these communities.

Jan 25, 2007
Reinforcing CFED's message that tax breaks are a poor road to state economic growth, a report commissioned by Kentucky's state government finds that tax breaks hadn't produced the number of new jobs state officials had previously claimed, while workforce training programs were far more cost-effective in creating new jobs
Jan 18, 2007
A new "State of the States" report by State Coverage Initiatives, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation surveys recent state efforts to expand health insurance coverage. Rising hopes bode well for additional reforms in other states, but the report cautions that because of variations in each state, particular reforms are not always easily replicable in other states.
Jan 11, 2007

Some opponents of the minimum wage argue that Earned Income Tax Credit is a complete substitute. However, as a new Urban Institute report emphasizes, "raising the EITC enough to offset the loss in purchasing power of the minimum wage could prove costly," and the EITC system would have to be expanded to a far larger portion of working families to make up for the lost value of the minimum wage.

Dec 14, 2006
What's sadder than cities subsidizing rich corporations with fat tax breaks? How about suburbs paying to move jobs around the same metro area, as Good Jobs First documents in a new study on "job piracy" in the Twin Cities Metro Area, a trend that wastes taxpayer money and deepens economic inequality. A parallel study by Brookings on Michigan found that economic subsidies were encouraging sprawl and wealthier communities at the expense of existing central cities.
Dec 07, 2006

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities warns that 17 states will face federal funding shortages in critical SCHIP programs, with total shortfall across the states totaling nearly $1 billion.

Nov 30, 2006
Before you take "expert advice" on health care reform that mysteriously seems to enrich companies like the pharmaceutical industry, check out a new study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine which finds that one-third of review-board members who monitor patient studies in US hospitals take money from the companies whose products are being tested.