Publications

Graphic of a covid-19 virus
June 4, 2021
With a disappointing national gain of only 278,000 jobs in April, most states’ recovery stalled after stronger job growth in February and March. The more than doubling of the national number for May is encouraging but the economy has a long way to go to full recovery.
Scatter point chart showing Change in Number of Unemployed Relative to Ratio of Unemployed Persons to Unemployment Insurance Recipients
May 21, 2021
The employment data for April 2021 have elevated the question of whether the availability of unemployment benefits at higher levels during the COVID-19 economic crisis is keeping workers at home. Today’s state-by-state data release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers one piece of evidence that this is not the case.
cover of scaling equitable finance white paper
May 19, 2021
The U.S. solar photovoltaics industry has taken off over the past decade, but without deliberate action low- and moderate-income communities could be left behind in the transition to clean energy. Drawing on substantial literature related to multiple dimensions of low-income solar finance and interviews with key informants in the field, authors Eric Hangen, Rebecca Regan, and Sarah Boege...
cover of fewer births data snapshot
May 10, 2021
In this data snapshot, author Kenneth Johnson reports that new data for 2020 show a 3.8 percent decline in births since 2019 and the fewest since 1979. There were 16.5 percent fewer births last year than in 2007, just before the Great Recession began to influence births.
cover of deaths exceeded births snapshot
May 5, 2021
In this data snapshot, author Kenneth Johnson reports that many more deaths, fewer births, and less immigration produced the United States’ smallest percentage population gain in at least 100 years.
cover of census brief
April 27, 2021
In this brief, author Kenneth Johnson reports that the first data from the 2020 Census reveal a significant slowdown in U.S. population growth.
cover of solar brief
April 23, 2021
The U.S. solar photovoltaics industry has taken off over the past decade, but without deliberate action low- and moderate-income communities could be left behind.
cover of climate-change awareness brief
April 22, 2021
In this perspectives brief, author Larry Hamilton summarizes his research on public perceptions of climate change, drawing on a decade of nationwide and New Hampshire surveys.
cover of adults vaccinated snapshot
April 16, 2021
In this data snapshot, author Sarah Boege reports that by March 29, one-quarter of U.S. adults reported that they had already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 39.1 percent hadn’t yet been vaccinated but reported that they will “definitely” get one when available and another 17.4 percent said that they “probably” will. However, 10.1 percent of adults will “probably...
cover of EITC fact sheet
April 6, 2021
In this fact sheet, author Jess Carson explores how changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2021 affect childless tax filers. Findings show that the share of childless adults who can claim a credit has tripled under the new provisions, and that the biggest driver of widened access is lowering the minimum age for eligibility.