A collection of in-depth studies and initiatives pertaining to our ongoing research.
Millennial Student Debt
A research project investigating financial, workforce, and geospatial behavior of young adults with student debt
The Millennial Student Debt (MSD) series unites credit bureau, Census, and IPEDS data to scrutinize changes in higher education policy across the US and US territories. Posts in the series focus on, among other topics, higher education access and school concentration; the impact of the Great Recession; the growth of non-repayment; and student debt trends over the last ten years, breaking down the data by location and demographic. The maps and reports allow a detailed view of the hardships of student debt, at both the granular level of ZIP codes, and at the highest level, the country as a whole.
From Idea to Reality: Getting to Guaranteed Income
A series on how to implement guaranteed income in the U.S.
With guaranteed income, sometimes referred to as UBI or basic income, increasingly in the policy mainstream, and governments and foundations experimenting with cash transfers as a means for blunting the impact of Covid-19, much remains unknown about how to design such policies most effectively. Drawn from several contributors and with guidance from experts across a range of related disciplines, this series aims to envision what comes next.
A series on tax and transfer policy
Microsimulation is a commonly used tool in policy analysis to examine the poverty, distributional, and cost implications of changes to taxes and transfers. It allows us to explore the implications of benefit design (e.g. phase-ins and phase-outs) and financing choices. Although not set up to look at general equilibrium effects like a true macroeconomic model, a microsimulation gives insight into the initial, “gross” impact of a policy change.
Messaging Guaranteed Income
A collection of materials on framing, messaging, and public opinion
In this special project, JFI researchers have taken a broad range of approaches to the question of guaranteed income in the public eye. In a U.S. nationally representative survey launched several months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we assess how cross-cutting socio-demographic and -economic characteristics affect support for basic income policies, in particular among those facing increasing economic precarity, and how the specifics of the policy—i.e. financing, eligibility and targeting—are viewed by partisan groups. We’ve reviewed the literature on framing and messaging guaranteed income, and hosted international scholars on building support for guaranteed income across political and cultural contexts.
Social Wealth Seminar
An ongoing virtual forum exploring strategies to manage public assets and resources in service of society, in the United States and across the world
JFI’s Social Wealth Seminar is a diverse, interdisciplinary space to foster collaboration at the point where public finance meets social protection. We learn from scholars, policy officials, and advocates whose work speaks to questions of public wealth, shared equity ownership, basic income, cooperativism and collectivism, and related topics.
Inside Out: Mining and Renewable Energy
Renewable energy, the future of mining, and the re-localization of harm
The transition to a post-carbon energy economy will require extraction. Whatever the shape of the coming transition away from fossil fuels, the need to understand the social and distributional costs of a changing energy infrastructure has never been greater. This ongoing research project surveys the state of minerals production, near-future ploys for extra-terrestrial mining, and the persistent externalities of extraction.
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