How Do Summer Youth Employment Programs Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes, and for Whom?

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By Alicia Sasser Modestino | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Summer youth employment programs (SYEPs) are believed to have the potential to improve the behavioral, economic, and academic outcomes of the populations they serve, particularly for inner-city, low-income, and non-white youth. As part of an embedded randomized controlled trial, during the summer of 2015, I […]

The Life-and-Death Consequences of Summer Jobs Programs

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And five other surprising takeaways from research into the programs that big-city mayors love to brag about. By Debra Bruno | Politico Since the 1960s, big-city mayors have touted the virtues of summer jobs programs for inner-city kids with almost religious faith. Paying a couple of thousand dollars to local businesses to give poor kids […]

Five Elevator Pitches for Bringing Amazon to Boston

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How some of the city’s brightest design and development experts would sell Jeff Bezos on Boston. By Chris Sweeney | Boston Magazine Amazon fever has swept the country. Earlier this month, Jeff Bezos announced that the company will invest $5 billion into a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, which will eventually be home to 50,000 well-paid […]

In Massachusetts, jobs abound but wages lag

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By Jon Christian | Boston Globe Massachusetts has largely recovered the jobs it lost during the Great Recession, according to a report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a research group in Boston. But for most workers, that economic growth hasn’t translated into increased wages — with the notable exception of the top 1 […]

Massachusetts economy surged in second quarter

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By Lauren Feiner | The Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy made a big comeback in the second quarter of 2017 after a disappointing start to the year. The state’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent, compared to the national average of 2.6 percent over the same period, according to MassBenchmarks, a local economic service […]

Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

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By Lauren Feiner | Boston Globe The Massachusetts unemployment rate in June again inched upward, hitting 4.3 percent in a month where officials said employers added 10,000 jobs. Since the beginning of 2017, the jobless rate in Massachusetts has steadily risen from 3.2 percent in January, even though nearly 63,000 more people now have jobs […]

Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits

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By Laurent Belsie | The Christian Science Monitor After her parents were deported to Haiti when she was eight, Sherley Muscade lived with a family friend in the United States and, eventually, her aunt. She shifted schools often. She babysat during the summers. And then last year, she had her best summer ever: a job at […]

Housing proposal gets mixed reaction in Wellesley

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By John Hilliard | Boston Globe A proposed housing development that would add 95 new rental units across the street from the MBTA’s Wellesley Square commuter rail station has some town officials concerned about the impact on the neighborhood. Developer Victor Sheen, president of Brookline-based Oakgrove Residential, wants to replace five homes on Delanson Circle with […]

Business confidence up in June

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By State House News Service Optimism about labor force participation trends is outweighing worry about long-term growth, an Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey of employers found, as confidence in the economy climbed again last month. AIM’s Business Confidence Index rose a full point to 61.8 in June, the ninth month out of the last 10 […]

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 […]

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