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 2018

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A Toolkit for Expanding Financial Capability at Tax Time, Genevieve Davison

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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

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Community Violence Exposure and Risk Taking Behaviors Among Black Emerging Adults: A Systematic Review, Robert O. Motley

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Estimating the Economic Cost of Childhood Poverty in the United States, Michael McLaughlin

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Faculty Perspectives on Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education: A Research Report, Margaret S. Sherraden

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Family Assets, Parental Expectations, and Children Educational Performance: An Empirical Examination From China, Shu Fang

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Hypermobility and Educational Outcomes: The Case of St. Louis, Molly Metzger

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Incomplete Democracy: The Relationship of Race, Income, and Education to Voter Participation, Gena Gunn McClendon PhD

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Next Steps: Whither Social Work Education and Financial Capability and Asset Building?, Darla Spence Coffey

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Police Use of Force by Ethnicity, Sex, and Socioeconomic Class, Robert O. Motley

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Policy Recommendations for Expanding Access to Banking and Financial Services, Terri Friedline

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Policy Recommendations for Financial Capability and Asset Building by Increasing Access to Safe, Affordable Credit, Julie Birkenmaier

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Policy Recommendations for Helping U.S. Households Build Emergency Savings, Mathieu R. Despard

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Program Knowledge and Racial Disparities in Savings Outcomes in a Child Development Account Experiment, Yunju Nam

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Refund to Savings 2015-2016: Field Experiments to Promote Tax-Time Saving in Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Stephen Roll

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Responses to and Repercussions From Income Volatility in Low- and Moderate-Income Households: Results From a National Survey, Stephen P. Roll

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School Banking as a Strategy for Strengthening Youth Economic Participation in Developing Countries: Lessons From YouthSave, Lissa Johnson

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Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century, Matthew W. Epperson

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St. Louis's “Team TIF”: A Community–Academic Partnership for Tax Incentive Reform, Nay'Chelle Harris

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Taking Child Development Accounts to Scale: Ten Key Policy Design Elements, Michael Sherraden

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The Experience of Volatility in Low- and Moderate-Income Households: Results From a National Survey, Stephen P. Roll

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The Pivotal Role of Human Service Practitioners in Building Financial Capability, Mae Watson Grote

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The Relationship Between Cigarette Taxes and Child Maltreatment, Michael McLaughlin

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The Role of Choice Architecture in Promoting Saving at Tax Time: Evidence From a Large-Scale Field Experiment, Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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The State of State EITCs: An Overview and Their Implications for Low- and Moderate-Income Households, Genevieve Davison

Research from 2017

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529 Plan Investment Growth and a Quasi-Default Investment for Child Development Accounts, Margaret Clancy

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Annual Report on the Head Start Family Financial Capability Program: 2015–2016, Jami C. Curley

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Assessing Retirement Needs and Interest in myRa: Findings From the Refund to Savings Initiative, Stephen P. Roll

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Asset Limits for Means-Tested Public Assistance: Considerations for Child Development Account Proponents, Sondra G. Beverly

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Child Development Accounts, Parental Savings, and Parental Educational Expectations: A Path Model, Youngmi Kim

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Coping With a Crisis: Financial Resources Available to Low- and Moderate-Income Households in Emergencies, Dana C. Perantie

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Do Savings and Assets Reduce Need-Based Aid for Dependent Students?, Margaret Clancy

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Effects of a Tax-Time Savings Experiment on Material and Health Care Hardship Among Low-Income Filers, Mathieu R. Despard

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Effects of a Tax-Time Savings Intervention on Use of Alternative Financial Services Among Lower-Income Households, Mathieu R. Despard

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Employee Financial Wellness Programs: A Review of the Literature and Directions for Future Research, Geraldine Hannon

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Employee Financial Wellness Programs Project: Comprehensive Report of Findings, Ellen Frank-Miller

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Expand Paid Family and Medical Leave, Ernest Gonzales

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Fair Housing and Inclusive Communities, Molly Metzger

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Financial Capability, Margaret S. Sherraden

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Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education, Jodi Jacobson Frey

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Financial Inclusion in China: Use of Credit, Zibei Chen

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Financial Literacy in China: Priorities and a Direction, Yiqing Yuan

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For Their Financial Benefit: Determination of Financial Capability for Adult Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability, Julie Birkenmaier

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Gathering of Grand Challenges Network Groups: Dinner Remarks, September 14, 2016, Darrell P. Wheeler

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Achieve Equal Opportunity and Justice, Ruth G. McRoy

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Advance Long and Productive Lives, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Build Financial Capability and Assets for All, Jin Huang

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Close the Health Gap, Michael S. Spencer

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Policy Recommendations for Meeting the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment, Susan P. Kemp