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Creating local civic indicators with big datasocialcapitalBARI experimental flyer to increase response rate

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:12:16 +0000

Very interesting lunchtime talk by Dan O’Brien (from Boston Area Research Initiative) and Chris Winship (at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of BARI). As Chris points out, most data that academics use are high quality. Researchers spend a lot of … Continue reading

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American Grace co-author David Campbell on religion and givingsocialcapitalFlickr/Much0

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:35:46 +0000

David Campbell (Co-Author of American Grace) has a piece in on the link between religion and giving. Excerpt: Over the last twenty years, one of the most stunning changes to the American social landscape has been the dramatic rise in … Continue reading

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Deserving a place in an individualistic societysocialcapitalMemorialHallHarvard-cc-Wallyg

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:36:01 +0000

Kevin Carey, director of the education-policy program at the New America Foundation, writes in Chronicle of Higher Education the speech he wished the dean of admissions had given to the incoming class at Stanford: Excerpts:  I know this is an … Continue reading

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Good places for kids’ social mobilitysocialcapitalMap of historic youth mobility in US

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:54:01 +0000

Scholars Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hedren, Patrick Kline and Emmanuel Saez (from Harvard and Berkeley) have garnered richly deserved  attention for their interesting retrospective look at which places were the best in America for low-income kids to be born in 1980 … Continue reading

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Great NYT Op-Ed on stalling youth opportunity by Jen Silva (UPDATED 7/2013)socialcapitalFlickr/nfscnnr

Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:31:54 +0000

One of our post-doctoral researchers, Jen Silva, has a very interesting op-Ed in Sunday’s New York Times that comes out of her research talking to young people in Lowell, MA and Richmond, VA about the challenges for working-class youth today. … Continue reading

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Nextdoor and NYC team up to enhance neighboringsocialcapitalFlickr/kiki99

Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:52:21 +0000

I’ve written in the past about efforts to use 21st century technological tools to enhance neighbors’ connections with each other, the sort that are far less common today than in the 1960s or 1970s. Nextdoor, a leader in this space, … Continue reading

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Very nice calls to service by Oprah & Jon Murad (HKS) at 2013 Harvard Commencementsocialcapital

Fri, 31 May 2013 16:32:50 +0000

Jon Murad, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Kennedy School, is going off to be a cop in New York City.  His Graduate Student address  is a wonderful call to serve. Snippets:  “I’m probably not the only municipal cop … Continue reading

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How loneliness killssocialcapitalFlick/cc/ewixx

Mon, 13 May 2013 17:14:02 +0000

Judith Shulevitz, in the May 13, 2013 New Republic has an interesting read “The Lethality of Loneliness.” Excerpt: “Psychobiologists can now show that loneliness sends misleading hormonal signals, rejiggers the molecules on genes that govern behavior, and wrenches a slew … Continue reading

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Youth vote down significantly in 2012 elections, erasing much of gains in 2004/2008socialcapitalPresidential voting by age groups 1996-2012(Michael McDonald)

Wed, 08 May 2013 23:10:52 +0000

The 2012 Current Population Survey November supplement has now been released which enables one to examine voting patterns by different racial and ethnic groups and different age groups. Youth turnout among those ages 18-24 dropped 7.3 percentage points from 2008 … Continue reading

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State of economy for less-educated young people compounds growing Opportunity GapsocialcapitalPell City 2007 HS graduation; Flick/kwsandersRecovery in S&P500 since 2009 recession

Mon, 06 May 2013 14:55:44 +0000

While parts of the economy have rebounded since the Great Recession of 2008, the effects have been much worse for the poor, and especially the less-educated young Americans, and those not fortunate enough to graduate from college. Since 2008, the … Continue reading

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