Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014 Source: U.S. Census Bureau The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage […]

A crisis in student loans? How changes in the characteristics of borrowers and in the institutions they attended contributed to rising loan defaults Source: Brookings Institution This paper examines the rise in student loan delinquency and default drawing on a unique set of administrative data on federal student borrowing, matched to earnings records from de- […]

Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Numbers of Contaminated Federal Sites, Estimated Costs, and EPA’s Oversight Role Source: Government Accountability Office The Departments of Agriculture (USDA), the Interior, Defense (DOD), and Energy (DOE) have identified thousands of contaminated and potentially contaminated sites on land they manage but do not have a complete inventory of sites, in particular, for […]

The Fair Labor Standards Act: Worker Misclassification and the Hours and Earnings Effects of Expanded Coverage Source: RAND Corporation Using data from the RAND American Life Panel we quantify the frequency that employers violate the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rules. Among employees paid by the hour who work over 40 hours in a […]

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960 Source: Pew Research Center Since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, the characteristics of the nation’s poor have changed: A larger share of poor Americans today are in their prime working years and fewer are elderly. In addition, those […]

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015 Source: Government Accountability Office As of 2014, key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) resulted in the establishment of health insurance exchanges in each state and changed how insurers determined health insurance premiums. Individual market […]

Global AgeWatch Index Source: HelpAge International From press release (Word): Today (Wednesday 9 September 2015), HelpAge International is launching the Global AgeWatch Index 2015, ranking 96 countries according to the social and economic well-being of older people. The Index represents 91 per cent of people aged 60 and over, some 901 million people, measuring the […]