- State Pensions in Changing Times
by Richard Woodbury, Maine State Senator
The impact that demographic changes are having on New England state employee pension plans suggests that plans for future workers should take account of current life expectancy.
- The Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Education
by Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman, Harvard University
Does unequal school spending perpetuate income inequality? The researchers show that spending on early education affects later wage-earning competence.
- The Impact of Credit Card Policies on Small Business
by Margaret Somer, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
Often entrepreneurs, unable to access a bank loan, borrow on their credit cards. Confusion about card policies, however, has led some small businesses into trouble, even bankruptcy.
- Artists as Revitalization Agents
by Lyz Crane, Partners for Livable Communities
The revitalization that occurred when artists moved into a community once seemed accidental.
Now local governments purposely leverage the arts for economic and social development.
- Mapping New England: Arts-Based Economic Development
by Emily Mytkowicz, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Where numerous arts-based businesses are located, economic benefits may also exist.
- School Testing, 1-2-3: Getting It Right
by Karen Kurzman
A Rhode Island educator details the history leading to today's increased focus on testing and
asserts that innovations to make tests meaningful in classroom teaching are bearing fruit.
- Keeping the Baby, If Not the Bathwater
by Prentiss Cox, University of Minnesota Law School
The author shows that policymakers' new antipathy to all subprime loans is unfortunate, given
that state housing finance agencies' affordable housing programs have been successful. Thomas
Callahan, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, adds Massachusetts data.
- Mass Imprisonment: Long-Term Harm versus Short-Term Good
by Robert DeFina and Lance Hannon, Villanova University
People believe prisons prevent crime, but that may be because the crime-generating
effects of community reentry have not been calculated. The authors reexamine the data.
- Chelsea Combats Foreclosure
by Lynn Fisher, Lauren Lambie-Hanson, and Paul S. Willen
Despite a housing-price collapse, low-income Chelsea has homeowners investing in their
properties. Proximity to Boston may partially explain that resilience.
- Economic Education and Financial Literacy
by Bob Jabaily, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The complexity of modern living calls for a reexamination of economic education and financial literacy
efforts. Most important are the thinking skills for handling unexpected situations.
- Survey of Community Banks Explores Credit Crunch
by Jiyhe Jeon, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The Boston Fed surveyed local community banks in 2010 to assess changes in bank-credit supply
and demand after the 2008 downturn. The results confirm small businesses' perceptions.
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