How Summer Jobs Programs Impact Young People Long After The Seasons Change

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By Shawn Bodden, Jill Kaufman | WBUR A new study out of Northeastern University finds that summer jobs programs for youth improve social skills and reduce violent crime. The study looked at participants in Boston’s summer jobs program and compared their outcome with a control group. The results showed a 35 percent reduction in violent crimes. Guests […]

WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017

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Hear about Associate Director Alicia Sasser Modestino’s study showing how summer jobs reduce crime on WBUR’s Morning Edition Broadcast: July 3, 2017.

Continued Growth Of Mass. Economy Depends On Immigration, Experts Say

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By Fred Thys | WBUR Massachusetts and New Hampshire have the strongest economies in New England, but experts say continued growth depends on immigration. That was one message delivered during an economic outlook conference hosted by the New England Economic Partnership at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Tuesday. “We’re highly dependent on growing our labor […]

Manufacturing In America: Fact And Fiction

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By WBUR Ford nixes a Mexico plant and promises 700 U.S. jobs.  Can Trump’s arm-twisting bring manufacturing jobs back home in a big way? And now it’s Ford keeping jobs in the USA. After public pressure from President-elect Donald Trump, this week Ford said it would scrap plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in […]

Housing Report Shows Strong Economy, But Growing Poverty

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By Alison Bruzek | WBUR A report out today from The Boston Foundation says the Greater Boston economy is booming — but the rising cost of living means that now, more than 16 percent of families are living in poverty. According to the annual Greater Boston Housing Report Card, income inequality in the region remains among […]

Report Finds Housing Permits Down In Greater Boston

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR A new report finds that after years of increases, there’s been a decline in the number of housing permits issued this year in Greater Boston, “especially in core cities and for multi-unit developments.” The report is the annual Boston Housing Report Card, from The Boston Foundation. Its lead author, Barry Bluestone, told […]

How To Close Boston’s ‘Stubbornly Large’ Homeownership Gap?

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By Anthony Brooks, Alison Bruzek and Kassandra Sundt | WBUR Wealth and income disparities has been a major theme of the presidential campaign, and it’s a growing issue here in Boston. This week, as part of a national conversation with NPR called “A Nation Engaged,” we explore the challenge of creating economic opportunity for more Americans. When […]

Boston’s 2 Sides: How The City Can Have A Booming Innovation Economy And Widening Inequality

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By Anthony Brooks | WBUR Among the big themes of this year’s presidential campaign is the growing gap between America’s rich and its poor. The issue has provided fuel to Democrat Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. And it’s a theme that increasingly defines the city of Boston, with its booming innovation economy — and its growing number of people struggling at […]

Report says major infrastructure fixes needed to support Greater Boston population growth

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By Bob Oakes | WBUR Between 2010 and 2030 the population of Greater Boston is expected to grow by 10.5 percent. In that same period, a sizable jump in workers between the ages of 25 and 44 is expected — along with a much bigger jump in people over the age of 64. An economic report released […]

Are Boston Rents Slowing?

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A new housing report from real estate firm REIS says monthly rents in Boston increased by just .1 percent in the first quarter of this year. After five years of increases, the slowdown appears to be good news. Yet, the average apartment in Greater Boston still rents for over $2,000 a month. It turns out, if you […]

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