Research Roundup: The Economic Crisis: Racial Disparities and Trade Dislocations, Closing Corporate Loopholes, and Much More

The Economic Crisis: Racial Disparities and Trade Dislocations

  • Sounding the Alarm: Update on the Economic Downturn - The Economic Policy Institute examines the deterioration of the economy and the outlook ahead, showing the substantial rise in labor market distress and poverty overall, but especially for minorities. Higher unemployment will likely drive child poverty to 27%—up from 18% in 2007—and black child poverty will likely exceed 50%.
  • Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and How to Change the Rules - This Applied Research Center report examines the role of racial disparities in propelling the economic recession and the steps policymakers must take to effectively address racial and economic inequality.
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance: New Opportunities for Ohio Workers - This Policy Matters Ohio paper outlines how changes in the TAA program within the federal recovery plan have expanded access for service workers to help due to trade dislocations, and outlines recommendations for improvements in outreach efforts to increase participation in the program.

Closing Corporate Loopholes: Obscure Tax Provision of Federal Recovery Package Could Widen State Budget Gaps: States Can Avoid Revenue Loss by “Decoupling” - States could lose up to $5.5 billion in business income tax revenues because of an obscure tax provision called  “cancellation of debt income” (CODI) which was passed in the federal stimulus package, but states can avoid that revenue loss if they join Florida, Maryland and Minnesota in decoupling state tax laws from that exemption.

Ensuring Effective Teachers for All Students -  This Center for American Progress paper outlines six strategies that states should work on to ensure that schools with large concentrations of low-income and minority students. have access to effective teachers.

Parents' Health Care and Paid Sick Leave

  • Making Parents' Health Care a Priority - While children's health care coverage has gotten the strongest policy support, this report by the National Center for Children in Poverty emphasizes that access to health care by parents is actually the key predictor of access to health care for children.  This policy brief argues for replacing the patchwork coverage available to parents with an integrated policy guaranteeing coverage.
  • Contagion Nation: A Comparison of Paid Sick Day Policies in 22 Countries - Of 22 major developed countries examined in this Center for Economic and Policy Research study, the U.S. is the only country that does not guarantee paid sick leave for long-term illness.

Global Warming and Green Jobs

Electoral Competition and Low Contribution Limits - This Brennan Center for Justice study examines the effects of low contribution limits in state legislative races.  "The research on which this report is based was inspired by a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned low contribution limits. The data presented here refutes the Court’s assumptions that low contribution limits damage challengers and shows that the lowest contribution limits, those set at $500 or below, enhance challengers’ ability to campaign against incumbents in state legislative races.