Public Policy Research & Education

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    COVID-19 Economic Crisis: By State

    In their latest update, Michael Ettlinger and Jordan Hensley report that every state in the country is well down from its February employment levels despite a recovery of many jobs in May and June. With the failure to contain COVID-19 and the growing number of cases and deaths, even that relatively small recovery is in great jeopardy in July.

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    New Data Show One-in-Six Children Were Poor Before COVID-19 Pandemic

    In this data snapshot, authors Jessica Carson and Sarah Boege report that new American Community Survey (ACS) data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today show child poverty at 16.8 percent in 2019, down from 18 percent in 2018. 

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    Is Rural America Failing or Succeeding? Maybe Both

    In this brief, authors Kenneth Johnson and Daniel Lichter summarize their peer reviewed article in Demography that provides cautionary lessons regarding the commonplace narrative of widespread rural decline and urban growth. 

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    Conservative Media Consumers Less Likely to Wear Masks and Less Worried About COVID-19

    In this brief, authors Lawrence Hamilton and Thomas Safford discuss the results of a new UNH Granite State Panel survey asking questions to a statewide poll of New Hampshire residents to learn about their perceptions and behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Health Conditions and an Older Population Increase COVID-19 Risks in Rural America

    In this brief, author Kenneth Johnson discusses the likely influence that the age structure and the incidence of pre-existing health conditions have on the risks of those exposed to COVID-19 in rural and urban counties in the United States. 

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    COVID-19 Didn’t Create a Child Care Crisis, But Hastened and Inflamed It

    In this Carsey Perspective, authors Jess Carson and Marybeth Mattingly describe the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has strained the nation’s already-fragile early childhood care systems. 

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    The Inequities of Job Loss and Recovery Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

    In this policy brief, authors Rogelio Sáenz and Corey Sparks discuss the wide variations in unemployment and the level of job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation’s demographic groups that have historically suffered disparities in the workforce, including persons of color, women, and immigrants.

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    Why People Move to and Stay in New Hampshire

    Migration is important to New Hampshire’s demographic future. Traditionally, the state has grown both because of migration into it and because of the surplus of births over deaths. However, recently all of New Hampshire’s population growth has been due to migration.

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    U.S. Population Growth Slows, but Diversity Grows

    In this brief, author Kenneth Johnson reports that in 2019 the U.S. population grew at the lowest rate in a century because there were fewer births, more deaths, and less immigration.

Carsey School of Public Policy

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and civic engagement. The school takes on pressing public issues with unbiased, accessible, and rigorous research; builds the policy and political problem-solving skills of its students; and brings people together for thoughtful dialogue and practical problem-solving. The school is a hub for work that spans its own faculty and staff, and faculty from across UNH and other institutions. The faculty boasts a national reputation and its work appears in leading journals. The school publishes forty policy-relevant briefs each year, offers three master's degree programs, and engages with experts, leaders, the media, and the public in the United States, New Hampshire, and around the world.


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