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Perspectives Blog

Clearing out the gray to deliver transparent solutions. That’s what we do as we bring clarity to answering the world’s toughest challenges. 

Blogging about our perspectives on issues — from affordable housing, child trauma and coastal restoration to universal health coverage, gender equality, blockchain technology, HIV/AIDS, influenza and more — invites readers to react and benefit from our thinking each and every day.

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What We've Learned So Far About Expanding Pre-K

Earlier this year, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten …
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Abt Bites Back: World Malaria Day 2017

Since 2000, the world has seen major reductions in death and disease from malaria. Indeed, the …
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Fighting the Bite in Kenya: What We've Learned About Mal …

Malaria remains the leading cause of hospitalization and death in Kenya, despite being an entirely …
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Regional Trade Stabilizes West Africa's Food Supply. How …

Staple commodity trade across West Africa is the golden key to food security and economic security …
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What Does Homelessness in the U.S. Really Look Like?

We see makeshift tents strewn under highway overpasses. We walk past weathered faces sleeping on …
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Do Vouchers Lead to Greater Learning? Depends Where (and …

Austin Nichols, Ph.D.
Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy
Austin Nichols
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Want to Have an Impact on Housing Policy? Go Local!

Twenty-five years ago, in a law school class on Local Government Law, Professor Gerald Frug asked my …
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The Future Of Medicaid: When Improving Upon The Wheel, S …

As states and the federal government jointly design Medicaid’s future, let’s include what we know …
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A "Menu" of Policies to Improve Diets

Jacob A. Klerman Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy   Lauren Olsho …
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When Is Randomization Right for Evaluation?

Public policy researchers grapple with choosing appropriate research designs to guide their work. …
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Don't Forget the Media when Taking on Health Care Financ …

In most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), many people lack access to quality health care. As …
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How to Help More Americans Get Jobs and Earn More: The W …

Tumultuous events during the late 1920s and 1940s spurred some of the most important programs to …