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How Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

Mary Lindsey article icon Issue Brief Despite the financial obstacles, many women of color find starting their own businesses and becoming entrepreneurs advantageous over pursuing careers in traditional office workplaces. As the United States becomes more diverse, women of color entrepreneurs stand to play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.

By Farah Ahmad | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Clean Energy Investment in the United States

solar panel article icon Issue Brief Financial tools and foreign investment can inject additional capital into the clean energy market. Clean energy is at an apex of viability and affordability as financial institutions and governments seek to secure a lower-carbon future.

By Carol Browner, Danielle Baussan, Ben Bovarnick, Mari Hernandez, and Matt Kasper | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New York: Expanding Time, Increasing Opportunities for Achievement

New York City schoolchildren listen as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks article icon Issue Brief New York is making a significant state-level investment in expanded learning time, and districts and schools across the state are considerably lengthening the school day.

By Tiffany D. Miller | Monday, June 9, 2014

Apprenticeship Expansion in England

Marketing materials for Britain's article icon Issue Brief England demonstrates that there are policies lawmakers can enact to dramatically expand apprenticeships, win industry support, and improve outcomes for workers and businesses.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Friday, June 6, 2014

How State Takeover School Districts Shake Up Teacher Professional Development

Norman Smith teaches language arts to students at a Louisiana Recovery School District high school in New Orleans article icon Issue Brief Lessons learned from state takeover districts’ innovation in the area of teacher professional development could influence professional-development spending and practices in districts throughout the United States.

By Kaitlin Pennington | Thursday, June 5, 2014

What Have We Learned About Austerity Since the Great Recession?

Austerity article icon Issue Brief Research has given us a much better understanding of why austerity has been so harmful to economic recovery in the United States and European nations.

By Michael Madowitz | Friday, May 30, 2014

Rooftop Solar Adoption in Emerging Residential Markets

House with solar panels article icon Issue Brief Rooftop solar is reaching a significant portion of middle-class homeowners in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York, but more could be done to further expand access to middle- and low-income households.

By Mari Hernandez | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

Graduates pose for photographs article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

By Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, and Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 2014

President Barack Obama meets with business leaders in the White House article icon Issue Brief Despite a broken Congress, the president can still push progressive policies to help strengthen the middle class.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Rise of Networks

School buses book_alt2 icon Report Networks are improving relationships between central offices and schools. This report looks at the rise of networks in New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; and Chicago, Illinois.

By Maureen Kelleher | Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Protecting Consumers Five Years After Credit Card Reform

A Visa credit card article icon Issue Brief On the fifth anniversary of the Credit CARD Act, policymakers need to consider how to best address the new regulatory gaps in debit cards and give consumers new tools to manage their credit.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Eye Treatment for Seniors: How Lucentis Wastes More Than $1 Billion per Year

A shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Arkansas, Wal-Mart store. article icon Fact Sheet A new CAP analysis finds that one drug company’s packaging decision costs Medicare and seniors more than $1 billion per year.

By Topher Spiro, Thomas Huelskoetter, and Gina Phillipi | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Perils in the Provision of Trust Goods

Student loans book_alt2 icon Report A greater tendency toward predatory behavior is the logical and predictable result of a college’s decision to adopt an investor-owner model. Market-based reforms have the potential to help steer for-profit institutions toward better outcomes for students and taxpayers.

By Robert Shireman | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Comparing the Effectiveness of Prescription Drugs: The German Experience

perscriptions article icon Issue Brief Germany's recent prescription drug market reform offers lessons for how the United States can prioritize research that compares the effectiveness of drugs and other medical treatments.

By Daniel Bahr and Thomas Huelskoetter | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Renewed Promise

North Philadelphia book_alt2 icon Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.

By Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman | Tuesday, May 20, 2014