When Welfare Leaves Out Fathers

A recent article in the Atlantic cited Kathryn Edin, co-author, with Timothy Nelson, of Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City, on anti-poverty programs’ effects on poor working fathers. The article is one in a series that attempts to discern the shifting place of the father in America.

Following the example of Frandy, an inner-city father who [more...]


As San Francisco Goes, So Goes the Nation?

Many economists view San Francisco’s labor standards as a model for the rest of the country. From mandatory healthcare expenditures to a high minimum wage, the city has been a “vanguard of progressive local policy efforts,” according to a recent column in the New York Times Economix blog. Pointing to the findings of When Mandates Work, [more...]


Judith Levine Talks Trust and Single Mothers on MSNBC

Judith Levine, author of Ain’t No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters, joined MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry for a panel on the challenges facing single mothers from low-income backgrounds, and what can be done to provide more support. Levine explains how trust (or the lack thereof) undermines policy goals designed to help [more...]


Black Against Empire Goodreads Giveaway

Follow the link and register for your chance to win a free copy of the paperback edition of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin.

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised [more...]


Bow Down to Google? Not So Fast, Says Siva Vaidhyanathan

Do you ever get the feeling Google is ascending to technology overlord status? Siva Vaidhyanathan raises that troubling possibility in a New York Times’ Bits Blog piece about Google’s ever expanding reach and the backlash it now faces from some activist groups. He says,

We’ve been perfectly happy to let Google be the benevolent dictator of [more...]


When Obama and O'Reilly Agree: The Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

San Francisco was also one of the first cities to increase the minimum wage beyond the federal level and mandate better benefits for low-income workers. The wage increase went into effect in 2004, long before the notion of one percenters and the recent wave of wage protests by fast-food and retail workers. And now everyone [more...]


Hilary Levey Friedman Talks Competition in Parents Magazine

Hilary Levey Friedman, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, is interviewed in the February issue of Parents magazine on how to teach children a healthy attitude towards competition. Competitive play is a natural part of growing up, says Friedman. “Sibling rivalries are crucial to a child’s development — these interactions are microcosms [more...]


Judith Levine On the Economics of Trust

Women who do not trust employers to treat them fairly quit their jobs. Women who do not trust the fathers of their children to be reliable financial and emotional supports do not marry them. Women who do not trust child-care providers to keep children safe do not keep their children in child care (and often [more...]


Rene Almeling in the New York Times: Delivery Man Not So Far-Fetched

Could the premise behind the new movie, Delivery Man, be a reality? In this op-ed for the New York Times, Rene Almeling, author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm, argues that it’s certainly possible for one man to be the anonymous sperm donor for 500 children.

Read Almeling’s article to learn more about the [more...]


Confessions of a First Time Academic Author on a Book Tour

Have you ever wondered what our authors experience on a book tour? Hilary Levey Friedman, author of Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, lined up a cross-country tour, reading and signing copies at regional Barnes & Noble stores. Here’s her story, posted to her website.