The Center for Social Development is broadly engaged in designing and testing social innovations that promote full inclusion, fair treatment, and achievement of one’s full potential. Our research is transdisciplinary and encompasses seven primary areas.

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Research from 2021

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A Long-Term Experiment on Child Development Accounts: Update and Impacts of SEED for Oklahoma Kids, Jin Huang, Sondra G. Beverly, Margaret M. Clancy, and Michael Sherraden

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Building Financial Capability and Assets for Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs, Jin Huang and Baorong Guo

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FCAB Africa: Advancing Financial Stability, Security, and Well-Being, Center for Social Development

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FCAB Africa: Summary of Achievements as of July 2021, Center for Social Development

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Financial Outcomes in a Child Development Account Experiment: Full Inclusion, Success Regardless of Race or Income, and Investment Growth for All, Margaret Clancy

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In the Community: Over 25 Years of Inquiry, Innovation, and Impact, Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis

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Lessons on Policies That Strengthen Household Financial Resilience to Overcome Shocks: A Keynote Address by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia PhD

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MI-SEED Investment Funds and Account Growth: Implications for Achieving Higher Rates of Return in CDA Programs, Trina R. Shanks and Patrick Meehan

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Reflections of a Central Bank Governor, Ernest K. Addison

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Toward Finance as a Public Good, Jin Huang, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Michael Sherraden

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Two Extraordinary Days for Race and Electoral Democracy in America, Michael Sherraden

Research from 2020

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Accountable Policing: Policies to Advance the Personal Safety of Black Boys and Young Men, Robert Motley

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A Framework for Explaining Black–White Inequality in Homeownership Sustainability, Chunhui Ren

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Asset-Building Policy in Korea: Innovation for Social Development, Michael Sherraden

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Cash Transfers and Health, Sicong Sun, Jin Huang, Darrell Hudson, and Michael Sherraden

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Chıld Development Accounts: A Policy Design and Opportunity for Azerbaijan, Aytakin Huseynli, Michael Sherraden, and Daniel Gottlieb

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Child Development Accounts Improve Parenting Practices, Particularly for Financially Vulnerable Families, Jin Huang

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Child Development Accounts in the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from the Great Recession, Michael Sherraden

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Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social and Economic Development: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, David Ansong, Moses Okumu, Jin Huang`, Margaret S. Sherraden, Lissa Johnson, and Li Zou

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Insights From State Treasurers: Developing and Implementing Statewide Child Development Account Policies, Chris Leiker, Margaret M. Clancy, and Michael Sherraden

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Social Work and the Future of Policing: Key Points for Changes in Policy and Practice, Michael Sherraden

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The Financial Capability and Financial Well-Being of Low-Income Entrepreneurs, Jin Huang and Baorong Guo

Research from 2019

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A Bill to Create the Bright Futures Plan Task Force: Testimony on H.B. 2389 Before the House Education Committee, Oregon State Legislature, Michael Sherraden

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A Time of Opportunity, Angela Glover Blackwell

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Child Development Accounts at Scale: Sample State Legislation, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, and Sondra G. Beverly

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Essential Policy Design Elements for Statewide Child Development Accounts, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, and Sondra G. Beverly

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Financially Vulnerable Families Reap Multiple Benefits From Child Development Accounts, Jin Huang, Sondra G. Beverly, Youngmi Kim, Margaret M. Clancy, and Michael Sherraden

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Healing Policies for Black Boys and Young Men in St. Louis: Priorities in 2019, Sean Joe, Robert Motley, Alexandra Ivory, Alyssa Finner, and Janet Frederick

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Lessons and Policy Implications from the Flint Water Crisis, Amy Krings, Dana Kornberg, and Shawna Lee

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Race, Income, and Voting Access on Election Day, Aura Aguilar, Gena Gunn McClendon, Michael Sherraden, and Kyle A. Pitzer

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SEED for Oklahoma Kids Wave 3: Extending Rigorous Research and a Successful Policy Model, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, and Sondra G. Beverly

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Segregation and a Path Forward to Inclusion in St. Louis, Henry S. Webber

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Social Mobility: The Necessary Focus of St. Louis Investment in Black Males, Sean Joe and Robert Motley

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Statewide Child Development Accounts and Local Partnerships: A Scalable Model that Can Include All Families, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, Jim Huang, Sondra G. Beverly, and Youngmi Kim

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The Meadowlark Scholarship Act: Testimony on L.B. 544 Before the Education Committee 106th Nebraska Legislature, Margaret Clancy

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Volunteering and Measures of Human Development, Benjamin J. Lough PhD

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Who Will Help Children? Building Brain Regimes, William F. Tate IV

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Will I Be Able to Cast My Ballot? Race, Income, and Voting Access on Election Day, Gena Gunn McClendon, Kyle A. Pitzer, Michael Sherraden, and Aura Aguilar

Research from 2018

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Asset Building as Social Investment, Michael Sherraden

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A Toolkit for Expanding Financial Capability at Tax Time, Genevieve Davison, Merideth Covington, Olga Kondratjeva, Stephen P. Roll, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Build the Village That Raises the Child, HomeGrown STL

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Child Development Accounts and Saving for College: Mediated by Parental Educational Expectations?, Youngmi Kim, Jin Huang, Michael Sherraden, and Margaret M. Clancy

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Community Violence Exposure and Risk Taking Behaviors Among Black Emerging Adults: A Systematic Review, Robert O. Motley, Whitney Sewell, and Yu-Chih Chen

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Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States, Michael McLaughlin and Mark R. Rank

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Faculty Perspectives on Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education: A Research Report, Margaret S. Sherraden, Jin Huang, Lissa Johnson, Peter Dore, Julie Birkenmaier, Vernon Loke, and Sally Hageman

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Family Assets, Parental Expectations, and Children Educational Performance: An Empirical Examination From China, Shu Fang, Jin Haung, Jami Curley, and Julie Birkenmaier

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Financial Capability as Social Investment, Mary Caplan, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Junghee Bae

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How Do Changes to 529 Rules Affect Children’s Savings Account Programs?, Margaret Clancy, Shira Markoff, and Justin King

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Hypermobility and Educational Outcomes: The Case of St. Louis, Molly W. Metzger, Patrick J. Fowler, and Todd Swanstom

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Incomplete Democracy: The Relationship of Race, Income, and Education to Voter Participation, Gena Gunn McClendon PhD, Kyle A. Pitzer, and Austin T. Tolani