Poverty and Inequality Pervasive in Two-Fifths of U.S. Counties
By looking at the intersection of poverty and inequality in local areas—and how this has changed over time. Addressing these disparities is important to improve the lives of families who are struggling and to strengthen the U.S. economy.
U.S. Homeownership Rates Fall Among Young Adults, African Americans
The benefits of owning a home in the United States are well documented. Homes can create wealth for their owners that in turn can benefit families for generations. Homeownership can also reduce economic risk by protecting families from rising rent prices. Owning a home has also been associated with …
Population Growth Concentrated Among the Poorest Communities
As sub-Saharan African countries strive to grow their economies, it is critical that they consider their age structures—or more particularly, the age structures of their richest and poorest populations, which are determined largely by fertility rates. Comparing these can unmask an imbalance that, if…
Income Inequality Among U.S. Working Families
While the U.S. economy has shown signs of recovery since the Great Recession, inequality among America’s 33 million working families has increased. The unemployment rate has fallen from a post-recession high of 9.6 percent in 2010 to 4.4 percent in 2017—the l…
Enhancing Family Planning Equity for Inclusive Economic Growth and Development
Across sub-Saharan Africa, national development strategies have established the goal of achieving economic growth that is both rapid and equitable across a population. Efforts to promote shared prosperity will be strengthened by demographic changes that facilitate greater investment in human capital…
The Effect of Reproductive Health Improvements on Women's Economic Empowerment
With increased attention to women’s economic empowerment among donors and policymakers across the globe, we are at a pivotal moment for reviewing the current state of the research on women’s economic empowerment to identify gaps.
Tackling the Growing Noncommunicable Disease Epidemic
This policy report argues that integrating noncommunicable disease (NCD) services—particularly those targeted at prevention and early intervention—with other health services for young people can help tackle the growing NCD epidemic in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Global Employment and the Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for full and productive employment and decent work for all. In our latest Population Bulletin, we explain how demographic trends will have a bearing on whether and how rapidly this and other SDG goals are achieved.
The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview From the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
Appalachia’s unemployment and poverty rates remain above levels seen before the economic downturn of 2007-2009, suggesting an incomplete economic recovery, especially in many of the Region’s most rural counties, according to a new PRB report for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Fostering Economic Growth, Equity, and Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Family Planning
This report explores how family planning could and should play a much larger role in Africa’s future through strengthening global competitiveness, advancing equitable growth, and building resilience against natural and manmade stressors and shocks.