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Free College

By Corey Binns

San Francisco’s Free City program covers tuition at its community college through a real estate transaction tax.

Rethinking Lunchtime

By Noël Duan

New legislation around the United States aims to combat the widespread practice of shaming students who cannot pay for school lunch.

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The Cost of Financial Precarity

By Carrie Leana 1

Anxiety about debt and financial stability can severely reduce the productivity and health of employees, which can hurt a company’s bottom line. Businesses, government, and philanthropic organizations should embrace the case for improving the financial well-being of workers.

Social Insecurity

Review By Teresa Ghilarducci

Katherine Newman’s Downhill From Here challenges current economic thinking by arguing that the crisis in retirement security is caused by a flawed system, not flawed humans.

Spring 2019

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Homeless Shelter Uses Feedback to Help Its Clients Regain Independence

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The Arkansas nonprofit Our House, which provides shelter to homeless families and individuals working to regain their economic independence, has built a culture of continuous feedback with surveys, community councils, and “happy or not” voting terminals. Part of a series produced for SSIR with the support of the Hewlett Foundation.