Skip to main content
Back to Top

Children and Youth

Eligibility recertification and dynamic opt-in incentives in income-tested social programs: Evidence from Medicaid/CHIP

Individual Author: 
Pei, Zhuan

Conventional labor supply studies assume constant eligibility monitoring of income-tested program participants, but this is not true for most programs. For example, states can allow children to enroll in Medicaid/CHIP for 12 months regardless of family income changes. A long recertification period reduces monitoring costs but is predicted to induce program participation by temporary income adjustments. However, I find little evidence of strategic behavior from the 2001 and 2004 Survey of Income and Program Participation.

Instituto del Progreso Latino's Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) Program: Implementation and early impact report Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE)

Individual Author: 
Martinson, Karin
Copson, Elizabeth
Gardiner, Karen
Kitrosser, Daniel

This report documents the implementation and early impacts of the Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) program, operated by Instituto del Progreso Latino, in Chicago, Illinois. The Carreras en Salud program is one promising effort aimed at helping low-income, low-skilled adults access and complete occupational training that can lead to increased employment and higher earnings. A distinctive feature of this program is its focus on training for low-income Latinos for employment in healthcare occupations, primarily Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

The legacy of disadvantage: Multigenerational neighborhood effects on cognitive ability

Individual Author: 
Sharkey, Patrick
Elwert, Felix

This study examines how the neighborhood environments experienced over multiple generations of a family influence children's cognitive ability. Building on recent research showing strong continuity in neighborhood environments across generations of family members, the authors argue for a revised perspective on “neighborhood effects” that considers the ways in which the neighborhood environment in one generation may have a lingering impact on the next generation.

Who believes in me? The effect of student-teacher demographic match on teacher expectations

Individual Author: 
Gershenson, Seth
Holt, Stephen B.
Papageorge, Nicholas

Teachers are an important source of information for traditionally disadvantaged students. However, little is known about how teachers form expectations and whether they are systematically biased. We investigate whether student–teacher demographic mismatch affects high school teachers’ expectations for students’ educational attainment. Using a student fixed effects strategy that exploits expectations data from two teachers per student, we find that non-black teachers of black students have significantly lower expectations than do black teachers.

Anti-poverty policy initiatives for the United States (Issue 2)

Individual Author: 
Berger, Lawrence M. (ed.)
Cancian, Maria (ed.)
Magnuson, Katherine (ed.)

The 2016 presidential election has brought to the fore proposals to fundamentally restructure the U.S. anti-poverty safety net. Even though much of the current debate centers on shrinking or eliminating federal programs, we believe it is necessary and useful to explore alternatives that represent new approaches and significant innovations to existing policy and programs. This double issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences builds on and extends the scholarly conversation on the state of current U.S.

Community poverty and child abuse fatalities in the United States

Individual Author: 
Farrell, Caitlin A.
Fleegler, Eric W.
Monuteaux, Michael C.
Wilson, Celeste R.
Christian, Cindy W.
Lee, Lois K.

ABACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Child maltreatment remains a problem in the United States, and individual poverty is a recognized risk factor for abuse. Children in impoverished communities are at risk for negative health outcomes, but the relationship of community poverty to child abuse fatalities is not known.

Widening disparities in infant mortality and life expectancy between Appalachia and the rest of the United States, 1990–2013

Individual Author: 
Singh, Gopal K.
Kogan, Michael D.
Slifkin, Rebecca T.

Appalachia—a region that stretches from Mississippi to New York—has historically been recognized as a socially and economically disadvantaged part of the United States, and growing evidence suggests that health disparities between it and the rest of the country are widening. We compared infant mortality and life expectancy disparities in Appalachia to those outside the region during the period 1990–2013.

Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Final report

Individual Author: 
Karoly, Lynn A.
Schwartz, Heather L.
Setodji, Claude Messan
Haas, Ann C.

In 2013, the Delaware Office of Early Learning contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct an independent evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success, the state's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning and care programs. The project was designed to provide objective and rigorous empirical evidence of the extent to which rating tiers reflected differences in the quality of home- and center-based programs and whether the system was operating effectively in terms of technical assistance, financial support, and other features.

Informing investments in preschool quality and access in Cincinnati: Evidence of impacts and economic returns from national, state, and local preschool programs

Individual Author: 
Karoly, Lynn A.
Whitaker, Anamarie

Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of a growing number of U.S. cities seeking to expand access to and raise the quality of preschool programs, especially for the city's most vulnerable children. To inform stakeholders regarding potential investments designed to expand preschool access and quality, this report compiles the most-reliable research evidence concerning the short- and long-run effects of high-quality preschool programs for participating children and the associated costs, benefits, and economic returns. Our review draws on evidence from rigorous evaluations of full-scale U.S.

Childhood obesity: What are the options for low-income school-aged children? PowerPoint

Individual Author: 
Calloway, Erik
Gundersen, Craig
Henchy, Geraldine
Abdi, Fadumo

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) sponsored a webinar on childhood obesity, Childhood Obesity: What Are the Options for Low-Income School-Aged Children?, on January 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EST. This webinar focused on childhood obesity through the lens of social equity. It also discussed food environment, including natural and built environments, to highlight circumstances underpinning differences in obesity rates between children in different socioeconomic statuses and from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. During the free webinar, Dr.