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"A permanent resolution of the +National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s  troubles would require a stable budget environment, but even more important, it would require fundamental reforms in the way the scientific enterprise is structured in the United States."

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The good news: as the economy recovered from the housing crisis, the first-time homebuyer shares for the #FHA  and the #GSEs  increased in 2014. But problems with FHA means problems primarily for first-time homebuyers.
First-time homebuyers are the lifeblood of our current housing system. They allow existing homeowners to sell and move to a new town, a retirement community, or to the bigger house next door.
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Our researchers respond to +The New York Times' "1.5 Million Missing Black Men." (Missed it? Read it here: http://urbn.is/1bEsSHV)
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Report: From 2007-12, birth rates among women in their 20s declined more than 15%. Why? http://urbn.is/1DSVi7M

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The relationship between income & health begins before conception, exists at birth, & persists throughout childhood & into adulthood. So just how does income get under our skin to affect our health & survival?

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The relationship between income inequality and children's health
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Why are US health care prices so high? Why do they differ so much from hospital to hospital, or city to city?

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Tackling neighborhood poverty and distress should be a top priority for anyone who cares about income inequality and economic mobility. Here's what we need to do.

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Here's what it takes for these programs to work and expand to scale.

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Shared equity #homeownership  programs not only allow more people to buy homes, they also give families a stepping stone to greater opportunity.
A promising way to help lower-income people buy homes
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Mortgage debt has fallen-- because of overly tight credit.

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Three important things to keep in mind with respect to rising home equity
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New report on #studentdebt : Who borrows the most? What lies ahead? http://urbn.is/1K24JHk

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The number of temporary #immigrants  in the United States could be 7.6 million, or 19% of the foreign-born population.

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To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Values

We believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

How we work

We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels — city, state, and country — as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute’s scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.

Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates — in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.

As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research.

Our work environment encourages intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. Our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.