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 2015

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A Decade of International Volunteering From the United States, 2004 to 2014, Benjamin Lough

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Adopting a Financial Capability and Asset Building Curriculum at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Michael Rochelle, Gena McClendon, Melody Brackett, Michael Wright, and Margaret Sherraden

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American Indian/Alaskan Native College Dropout: Recommendations for Increasing Retention and Graduation, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, and Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

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Asset-Based Policy in China: Applied Projects and Policy Progress, Li Zou, Baorong Guo, Suo Deng, Jin Huang, Minchao Jin, and Michael Sherraden

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Asset-Based Policy in Hong Kong: Child Development Fund, Li Zou, Simon Lai, and Michael Sherraden

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Asset-Based Policy in South Korea, Youngmi Kim, Li Zou, Soyoon Weon, Michael Sherraden, and Jin Yong Choi

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Beyond Ferguson: Empowering Low-Income People to Build the Future of Their Communities, Dorothy Stoneman

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Beyond Improved Access: Seasonal and Multidimensional Water Security in Urban Philippines, Lisa Reyes Mason

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Building Children's Assets in Singapore: The Beginning of a Lifelong Policy, Vernon Loke and Michael Sherraden

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Can Child Development Accounts Be Inclusive? Early Evidence From a Statewide Experiment, Sondra G. Beverly, Youngmi Kim, Michael Sherraden, Yunju Nam, and Margaret M. Clancy

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Child Development Accounts and Parental Educational Expectations for Young Children: Early Evidence From a Statewide Social Experiment, Youngmi Kim, Michael Sherraden, Jin Huang, and Margaret Clancy

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Closing the Racial Wealth Gap: Innovative Solutions for Change, Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition

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College Savings Plans: A Platform for Inclusive and Progressive Child Development Accounts, Margaret M. Clancy, Michael Sherraden, and Sondra G. Beverly

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Community Partner Perspectives of Dukeengage: 2011–2013, Sarita Barton, Amanda Moore McBride, and Jaclyn Demarse Purtell

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Creating a Just and Inclusive America, Xavier Briggs

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Creating Financial Capability in the Next Generation: An Introduction to the Special Issue, Margaret S. Sherraden and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Do EITC Recipients Use Their Tax Refunds to Get Ahead? Evidence From the Refund to Savings Initiative, Mathieu R. Despard, Dana C. Parantie, Jane Oliphant, and Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Does Unsecured Debt Decrease Savings? Evidence From the Refund to Savings Initiative, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Jane Oliphant, Blair D. Russell, and Ray Boshara

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Effects of an Individual Development Account Program on Retirement Saving: Follow-Up Evidence From a Randomized Experiment, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Michael Sherraden, William G. Gale, William M. Rohe, Mark Schreiner, Clinton Key, and Jane E. Oliphant

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Environment and Social Development, Lisa Reyes Mason

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Evicting Victims: Reforming St. Louis's Nuisance Ordinance for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Nava Kantor and Molly W. Metzger

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Examining Relationships Between Household Resources and Water Security in an Urban Philippine Community, Lisa Reyes Mason

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Facilitators and Obstacles in Youth Saving: Perspectives From Ghana and Kenya, Li Zou, Sarah Myers Tlapek, Githinji Njenga, Dorcas Opai-Tetteh, and Margaret S. Sherraden

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Financial Capability and Asset Building in Social Work Education: “The Big Piece Missing?”, Margaret S. Sherraden, Julie Birkenmaier, Michael Rochelle, and Gena G. McClendon

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Financial Capability and Asset Development: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice, Julie Birkenmaier, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Jami C. Curley

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Financial Capability and Asset Holding in Later Life: A Life Course Perspective, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Margaret S. Sherraden, and Michael Sherraden

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Food Insecurity and Financial Access During an Economic Recession: Evidence From the 2008 SIPP, Julie Birkenmaier, Jin Huang, and Youngmi Kim

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From Mass Incarceration to Smart Decarceration, Carrie Pettus-Davis and Matthew W. Epperson

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Head Start Family Financial Capability: 2013–2014 Annual Report of the Asset Project, Jami Curley and Anne S. Robertson

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Homeownership, the Great Recession, and Wealth: Evidence From the Survey of Consumer Finances, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Clinton Key, and Shannon Carrillo

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Housing and Child Well-Being, Kate Marcal and Patrick J. Fowler

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How Do Norms Inform Our Approach to Financial Empowerment?, Camille M. Busette

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Impact of Stranger Violence and Intimate Partner Violence on the Grades of American Indian/Alaska Native Undergraduate College Students, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf, Jacob Perkins, and Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

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Impact of the Academic-Social Context on American Indian/Alaska Native Students’ Academic Performance, David A. Patterson-Silver Wolf and Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes

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Impacts of Financial Inclusion on Youth Development: Findings From the Ghana YouthSave Experiment, Gina Chowa, Rainier Masa, David Ansong, Mat Despard, Shiyou Wu, Deborah Hughes, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Stephanie Afranie, Naa Adjorkor Mark-Sowah, Charles Ofori-Acquah, YungSoo Lee, Lissa Johnson, and Michael Sherraden

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Patterns of Housing Voucher Use Revisited: Segregation and Section 8 Using Updated Data and More Precise Comparison Groups, 2013, Molly Metzger and Danilo Pelletiere

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Food Insufficiency: Evidence From a Statewide Probability Sample, Yunju Nam, Jin Huang, Colleen Heflin, and Michael Sherraden

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Refund to Savings 2013: Comprehensive Report on a Large-Scale Tax-Time Saving Program, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Dana C. Perantie, Blair D. Russell, Krista Comer, Samuel H. Taylor, Lingzi Luo, Clinton Key, and Dan Ariely

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Refund to Savings: Creating Contingency Savings at Tax Time, Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Residential Mobility During Adolescence: Even "Upward" Moves Predict High School Dropout, Molly W. Metzger, Patrick J. Fowler, and Bennett Kelberman

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Smart Decarceration: Guiding Concepts for an Era of Criminal Justice Transformation, Matthew W. Epperson and Carrie Pettus-Davis

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Social and Emotional Learning and Social Work in Middle School: A Case Study in Community Partnership, Anne S. Robertson, Amanda Moore McBride, Saras Chung, Allison Williams, and Victoria May

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Starting Early for Financial Success: Capability Into Action [Special Issue], Michal Grinstein-Weiss and Margaret S. Sherraden

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Statement Given in Bridging the Gap: How Prepared Are Americans for Retirement? Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Michal Grinstein-Weiss

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Strategic Directions for Global Research on Volunteering for Peace and Sustainable Development, Vera J. Seelig and Benjamin J. Lough

"Taking the Bank to the Youth:" Impacts on Saving and Asset Building From the Ghana YouthSave Experiment, YungSoo Lee, Lissa Johnson, Michael Sherraden, David Ansong, Isaac Osei-Akoto, and Gina Chowa

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Tax-Time Savings Among Low-Income Households in the $aveNYC Program, Clinton Key, Jenna N. Tucker, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, and Krista Comer

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The Early Positive Impacts of Child Development Accounts, Sondra G. Beverly, Margaret M. Clancy, and Michael Sherraden

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The Evolution of International Volunteering, Benjamin J. Lough PhD

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The Management Imperative: Displacement, Dynamics, and Directions Forward for Training Social Workers as Managers, Barry Rosenberg and Amanda Moore McBride