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WCPC affiliate Robert Crutchfield recently spoke about the link between the labor market and crime on "Here & Now." Listen to the interview here.

WCPC affiliate Mark Long and Grant Blume were co-recipients of the 2014 Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis for their paper: Grant H. Blume and Mark C. Long, “Changes in Levels of Affirmative Action in College Admissions in Response to Statewide Bans and Judicial Rulings,” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(2), pp. 228-252, 2014.

WCPC affiliate Alexes Harris is featured in a recent NPR special series, "Guilty and Charged," on legal financial obligations and their impact on poor defendants. Find the interview here. An op-ed by Harris on debt sentences appeared in the LA Times. Read the op-ed here.

WCPC Director Jennie Romich evaluated the implementation and early outcomes of the City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Read the report here. Romich shared the evaluation results with the Seattle City Council, her presentation begins at 8:15 in this Seattle Channel video.

WCPC Affiliate Margaret O'Mara received a University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. 

WCPC Affiliate Jake Rosenfeld  spoke to KUOW about the decline of unions, the rise of inequality, and his new book, "What Unions No Longer Do." Listen to the interview here.

Robert Plotnick, Professor of Public Affairs, was interviewed by the Hearald about the State of the Union. Read the interview here

2011 Social Policy Research Fellowship Recipient Jorge Martinez was awarded a Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities by the American Society of Criminology.

Marieka Klawitter, Professor of Public Affairs, was interviewed by Oregon Public Radio about the Census Bureau's release of national data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage in 2012. Listen to the interview here.

Mark Long, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, has published an article on affirmative action in Texas entitled, "Jockeying for Position: High School Student Mobility and Texas' Top-Ten Percent Rule." 


Self-Affirmation Among the Poor: Cognitive and Behavioral Implications

In addition to material deprivation, researchers have been exploring various ways in which poverty can exert a psychological toll. Evidence is growing that poverty-related stigma may cause psychological stress and consume cognitive resources. WCPC Affiliate Crystal Hall and colleagues show how a self-affirmation intervention might help interrupt these processes and improve participation in anti-poverty programs. Learn more here

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How are Immigrants and Refugees Faring with Public Housing Redevelopment?

Recent affordable housing policy efforts have focused on replacing the most distressed public housing units with new mixed-income developments. Among other goals, these projects aim to reduce the social isolation of public housing residents by creating opportunities for interaction with less economically-disadvantaged individuals. Researchers are investigating how public housing residents are faring as a result of these efforts, as well as how various sub-populations are experiencing this shift in policy. WCPC Affiliate Lynne Manzo and her colleague Rachel Garshick Kleit conducted focus groups with immigrants and refugees in public housing in the Seattle metropolitan area to find out how these changes have affected them. Learn what they found here.
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Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle's Minimum Wage?

Marieka Klawitter, Mark Long, and Robert Plotnick, WCPC Affiliates from the Evans Schools of Public Affairs, were commissioned by the City of Seattle's Income Inequality Advisory Committee to study the effects of implementing a citywide minimum wage increase. They presented their report, "Who Would be Affected by an Increase in Seattle's Minimum Wage?" at Seattle University's Income Inequality Symposium.

The team analyzed characteristics of workers and businesses that would be affected by the increased minimum wage, and performed simulations on the effects it would have on the rate of families in poverty and the effects on food stamp receipt. According to their report, an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour simulated a reduction in poverty from 13.6% to 9.4% if employment and hours did not change. Read the full report here. Listen to an interview with Mark Long here.
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What Unions No Longer Do

Union membership has fallen in the last three decades, with a particularly steep decline in the private sector. As of 2009, only 7 percent of private sector workers belonged to a union, down from roughly 25 percent in the early 1970s. In What Unions No Longer Do, WCPC Affiliate Jake Rosenfeld argues that the loss of union strength also means the loss of an important equalizing force in the American economic and political arenas. Read the full FLASH here.