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. The first work in the series focuses on higher education access and school concentration, the second examines the impact of the Great Recession, and the third highlights 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.
Social Wealth Seminar
An ongoing virtual forum exploring strategies to manage public assets and resources in service of a more just 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 progressive social policy. 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.
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 transfer 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.
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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