The summer issue of the Boston Fed’s Communities & Banking is out, and it’s chock full of great articles. I’m passing along the table of contents today and hope to blog more about individual articles in the future.
Focusing on Children’s Rights to Fight Poverty
by Michael Schmidt, University of Memphis
Assessing the potential impact of government or corporate investment decisions on children’s rights is essential to combatting poverty.
Mapping New England: Student Loans
by Kaili Mauricio, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The map shows the proportion of individuals per county aged 18 to 44 who have a student loan. In one county, the average amount is $14,770; in another, nearly $35,000.
Locking in the Promise to Buy Local
by Claire Greene, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Local currencies, like barter and location-specific gift cards, are ideas for encouraging people to support their local merchants.
Engaging Financially Distressed Consumers
by D. James Greiner, Dalié Jiménez, and Lois R. Lupica
Research on low-cost ways to engage consumers holds promise for tackling the high default rates in debt-collection lawsuits.
High School Pathways to Prosperity
by Nancy Hoffman and Amy Loyd, Jobs for the Future
The Pathways to Prosperity Network helps young people attain an industry credential or associate’s degree in a high-demand field.
Retail Co-op: Maine Islanders Band Together to Preserve a Way of Life
by Gloria J. LaBrecque, Cooperative Fund of New England
As owners of a valued island business thought about retiring, helping their loyal workers form a co-op had real appeal.
Government Contest to Spark Innovation in Hartford
by Anthony Price, Choose Hartford
An innovative contest aims to produce a comprehensive economic development plan and position the Hartford region as an entrepreneurial hub.
Food Council Accelerates Community Transformation
by Daniel Wallace, Julia Harper, Deborah M. Burd, Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn
Now entering its third year, a local food council is connecting across multiple sectors to support the rebuilding of a healthy, community-based food system.
Ending Chronic Homelessness
by Alicia Woodsby, Partnership for Strong Communities
For the first time, ending homelessness among Connecticut veterans and people with disabilities is within reach.
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Problem with Money Bail
by Francesca Forrest
Pretrial incarceration is expensive for society and destroys lives, but there are safe, humane, cost-effective alternatives.
Read the articles here.