Making use of empirical research with measurable outcomes is at the core of our organization. Here is some that informs our work:

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Hypothetical Starting Salaries — Computer Science — No Degree

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Due to cost of living differentials across the country, it is often difficult to estimate typical salaries for various occupations. The website does a pretty good job. Below is the report on a hypothetical 21 year old high school graduate with a post-secondary certificate in software development. It estimates a starting salary of $77,000.


Working Families & Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports

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Title: Working Families & Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports

Publisher: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Authors: Shawn Fremstad, Rebecca Ray, Hye Jin Rho

Published: May 2008


Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States – The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports

Where is the Land of Opportunity?

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Title: Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States

Authors: Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Patrick Kline, Emmanuel Saez

Funder: National Bureau of Economic Research

Published: January, 2014


Where is the Land of Opportunity


In this landmark study, the authors argue persuasively that decreased upward mobility in the United States stems from 1) racial segregation; 2) income inequality; 3) poor primary schools; 4) less social capital; and 5) lack of family stability. The single biggest factor cited in the study is family structure. This changes the paradigm of the fight against inequality and poverty. It’s also a very volatile topic, but as a society, we can’t afford to bury this important conversation. This has implications for our education and job training systems in the District. It is well worth reading in its entirety.