Publications

Economic & Workforce Development

Our research promotes public policies aimed at increasing employment opportunities for young adults and financial independence for low-income New Yorkers.
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Unleashing the Economic Power of the 35 Percent
JobsFirstNYC
Report found that 305,000 young adults in New York city with limited education were either not working or were employed at low-wage jobs. The report’s findings led to the creation of the NYC Center for Youth Employment to expand opportunities for young adults to compete in the job market.
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Online but Disconnected: Young Adults' Experiences with Online Job Applications
JobsFirstNYC
Showed how invalid, unreliable and discriminatory online pre-employment personality tests make it harder for young adult jobseekers to be hired.
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The National Work Readiness Credential: Who Pays the Price?
JobsFirstNYC
New York State compelled jobless young adults to compete for a worthless credential, rather than provide them with tools they need to qualify for decent-paying jobs. The report’s findings persuaded the State to cease requiring testing for the credential.
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Now Hiring
Center for an Urban Future
Report identified more than two dozen occupations in New York City projected to offer ample openings and decent salaries for young adults with limited educational attainment.
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New York in the World: The Impact of the Global Economy on New York City and New York State
Center for an Urban Future and SUNY Levin Institute
Found that New York gained and lost more from globalization than all other states.

Healthcare

We focus on improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services, reducing health disparities, and helping New Yorkers navigate the healthcare system.
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Paying for What Doesn't Count: How exorbitant executive compensation and frivolous advertising hurts New York hospital patients
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Established that hospital patients are put at risk by the diversion of public healthcare dollars to high executive compensation and unnecessary advertising.
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All Hands on Deck: Why New York Patients and Their Families Need to Know More About Nurse Staffing Levels in Hospitals
NEW YORKERS FOR PATIENT & FAMILY EMPOWERMENT
This report documented the risks to hospital patients from inadequate bedside care staffing, including higher rates of hospital-acquired infections, cardiac arrest, and mortality. Report demonstrated that improved staffing levels would save lives and refuted healthcare industry claims that typical staffing levels were sufficient to avoid adverse patient outcomes.
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The Case for Caring Technology
NEW YORKERS FOR PATIENT & FAMILY EMPOWERMENT
Nursing staff who hand-lift hospital and nursing home patients suffer more back injuries on the job than construction workers. This report documented these hazards and made the case for cost-effective lifting technology. Findings were also published in the Journal of the Association for Healthcare Risk Managers of New York and helped lead to passage of New York's Safe Patient Handling Act.

Government Effectiveness

We evaluate government programs and services and develop recommendations to improve their effectiveness and fairness.
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The No Child Penalty
Center for an Urban Future
This policy brief showed that the primary federal program to lift worker incomes - the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - almost exclusively benefits tax filers with children. The brief’s recommendation that policymakers expand the EITC for childless low-income workers is being implemented in New York City. 
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New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A CALL TO ACTION
Human Services Council
This report identifies chronic issues in the non-profit Human Services sector, and proposes solutions to stabilize and strengthen the sector.

Labor & Economic Justice

We investigate and challenge practices that disadvantage low-income New Yorkers and exploit vulnerable workers.
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It’s No Accident: Examining New York’s Workplace Deaths
New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health
This report reviewed occupational fatalities in New York State and found that many deaths could have been prevented had OSHA more effectively enforced worker safety regulations.
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Fatal Inequality: Workplace Safety Eludes Construction Workers of Color in New York State
Center for Popular Democracy
Workers of color accounted for 74 percent of fatalities from accidents in the New York construction industry, despite representing only 34 percent of the workforce; 88 percent of fatal falls in Queens and 87 percent in Brooklyn involved Latinos and/or immigrants. Nearly all fatalities occurred at sites lacking proper training and equipment where workers were reluctant to report safety violations for fear of retaliation by employers.

Environmental Protection

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False Demand: The Case Against the Williams Fracked Gas Pipeline
350.org
This report demonstrates that a proposed 23-mile-long fracked gas pipeline is not needed by New York City. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer commended it stating, "The proposed Williams pipeline represents a monumental step backwards. This report dismantles [energy company] Williams' arguments and makes a clear and convincing case that better alternatives exist."

Land Use

We analyze proposed land uses to ensure that they promote the economic health and well-being of New Yorkers.
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Recommendations of the Task Force on Public Benefit Agreements
Office of the NYC Comptroller
Devised a process to provide transparent and enforceable benefits that offset the impact of major real estate development projects on communities in which they are located.