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The Cost of Dropping Out — Millions Struggle With High College Debt and No Degree The rising cost of a college education is hitting one group especially hard: the millions of students who drop out without earning a degree. A bachelor's degree remains by far the clearest path to the American middle class.

Worried About The Stock Market? Whatever You Do, Don’t Sell. — Financial markets around the world continued to melt down today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1,000 points at one point this morning (it has since rebounded). Asian and European shares are down even more. Oil has fallen below $40 a barrel. Here's what you need to know: Don't sell.
Aug 24, 2015

SELL SELL SELL! Actually, panic selling is a terrible idea and will destroy your return.

Aug 24, 2015

RT @NateSilver538: SELL SELL SELL! Actually, panic selling is a terrible idea and will destroy your return.

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Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class — Ten years ago, shortly after the floodwaters subsided, James Gray stood in the ruins of his New Orleans home and tried to salvage what remained of his belongings. They fit inside a handbag. "I don't know if my wife will ever get over that," Gray said recently.
Aug 24, 2015

RT @hbcunews: #dillard #hbcu Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class: a Dillard Universi...

Aug 24, 2015

New Orleans's recovery has to a troubling degree left behind the city's black majority.

Aug 24, 2015

New Orleans is a changed city, smaller, wealthier and more diverse, but also more unequal than before Katrina.

Aug 24, 2015

RT @bencasselman: New Orleans is a changed city, smaller, wealthier and more diverse, but also more unequal than before Katrina.

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2015 Will Be The True Test Of The Economic Recovery | FiveThirtyEight — Posted January 2015 Every January since the recession ended in 2009, economists have predicted that this was the year the recovery would take off. In 2014, they were finally right. ... Recent history provides another reason for concern.

Everything* Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Gets Wrong — Donald Trump wants to build a wall on the southern border of the United States and get Mexico to pay for it. He wants to end birthright citizenship. He wants to deport tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants. What he doesn't want, apparently, is to get his facts right on immigration.
Aug 18, 2015

RT @taxjustice: The wrong in Trump's immigration Undoc workers paid about $12B in state and local taxes in 2012 @bencasselman

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What We Don’t Know About Canada Might Hurt Us — Five years later , Snow Lake had lost more than a tenth of its population, shrinking to 723 residents. But the government doesn't know who those residents were - what they earned, how much school they'd completed, whether they were working.
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Don’t Forget The Workers The Recovery Is Leaving Behind — U.S. employers added 215,000 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly jobs report on Friday. It was the third straight month of job growth above 200,000, and the 10th in the past year.

How Our Parole Simulator Works — Risk assessment tools are touted by liberals and conservatives alike as a data-driven way to reduce both incarceration and crime. But how well they achieve those goals is really a matter of policy, not statistical modeling. That's the point we tried to illustrate in the parole simulation that's part of our story on how risk assessment is transforming the criminal justice system.

Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet? — Criminal sentencing has long been based on the present crime and, sometimes, the defendant's past criminal record. In Pennsylvania, judges could soon consider a new dimension: the future. Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentences not only on what crimes people have been convicted of, but also on whether they are deemed likely to commit additional crimes.
Aug 04, 2015

See how policy choices affect who stays in prison and who gets parole with our simulation.

Aug 04, 2015

Criminal sentences could soon be based on questions with strong connection to race & income.

Aug 04, 2015

RT @annabarryjester: Should prison sentences be based on crimes that haven't been committed yet?

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What New York’s Minimum Wage Proposal For Fast Food Workers Is Really Worth — Fast food workers in New York City might be about to get a big raise. The even bigger news: Workers in Buffalo might, too. A New York state commission voted Wednesday to recommend the state raise the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour in New York City by 2018 and in the rest of the state by 2021.
Jul 22, 2015

The proposed new minimum wage for fast food workers is a big deal in NYC. It's an even bigger deal in Buffalo.

Jul 22, 2015

In New York City proper, the cost-adjusted minimum wage is now under $5 an hour.

Jul 22, 2015

Adjusted for cost of living, proposed new fast food wage is much higher upstate than in NYC.

Jul 22, 2015

RT @bencasselman: In New York City proper, the cost-adjusted minimum wage is now under $5 an hour.

Jul 22, 2015

It doesn't make a lot of sense to have the same minimum wage in New York City and Buffalo.

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Sep 01, 2015

Between McDonald's breakfast and Chipotle delivery, it's a banner day indeed for college students and/or potheads.

Sep 01, 2015

Census is beginning a new annual survey of entrepreneurs. Could be a really important new data source.…

Sep 01, 2015

I'd missed this terrific @dynarski column from March about the "frightening" lack of data on student debt.…

Sep 01, 2015

RT @dynarski: We know far less abt student loans than we cld. Irresponsible to make policy in data darkness.… @bencasselman @EdNCES

Sep 01, 2015

@dynarski @EdNCES Lack of data in this area is shameful. Such a critically important question right now.

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