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 2013

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Small-Dollar Children's Savings Accounts, Income, and College Outcomes, William Elliott, Hyun-a Song, and Ilsung Nam

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Student Debt and Declining Retirement Savings, William Elliott, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, and Ilsung Nam

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The Impact of Asset Ownership on Future Orientation of Youth and Their Parents: Evidence From the YouthSave Ghana Experiment, Gina A. N. Chowa and Rainier D. Masa

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The Impact of Family Assets and Debt on College Graduation, Min Zhan and Deidre Lanesskog

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The Impact of Family Assets and Debt on College Graduation, Min Zhan and Deidre Lanesskog

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The Mission Continues: Reexamining Engagement of Post-9/11 Veterans in Civic Service, Monica M. Matthieu, Aaron J. Scheinberg, Amanda Moore McBride, and Nancy Morrow-Howell

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Visual Demonstration of Academic Performance and Parental Involvement in Ghana, David Ansong and Gena A. N. Chowa

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Youth and Their Health in Ghana, Gina Chowa, Rainier Masa, and Isaac Osei-Akoto

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Youth Debt and College Graduation: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, Min Zhan

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Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal, Lissa Johnson, YungSoo Lee, Michael Sherraden, Gina A. N. Chowa, David Ansong, Fred Ssewamala, Margaret S. Sherraden, Li Zhou, Moses Njenga, Joseph Kieyah, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Sharad Sharma, Jyoti Manandhar, Catherine Orgales Rodriguez, Frederico Merchán, and Juan Saavedra

Research from 2012

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

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Assets and Education Research Symposium Report–Linking Savings and Educational Outcomes: Charting a Course for Scholarship and Policy, William Elliott III

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Assets, Economic Opportunity, and Toxic Stress: A Framework for Understanding Child and Educational Outcomes, Trina R. Williams Shanks and Christine Robinson

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Assets for Independence: Asset Building for and by Young People, Sondra G. Beverly

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Cash-Flow and Savings Practices of Low-Income Households: Evidence From a Follow-Up Study of IDA Participants, David W. Rothwell and Nahid Sultana

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Challenges and Opportunities for Youth Saving, Center for Social Development; Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis; Institute for Statistical, Social, and Economic Research; and New ERA; Universidad de los Andes

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Civic Service and Asset Building in Generating Livelihoods Among Youth in Africa, Benjamin J. Lough and Margaret S. Sherraden

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Closing the Wealth Gap: Building Family & Community Economic Success, Jasmine Bass

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Contributions of Qualitative Research to Understanding Saving Theory for Children and Youth, Margaret Sherraden, Clark Peters, Kristen Wagner, Margaret Clancy, and Baorong Guo

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Does Structural Inequality Begin With a Bank Account?, William Elliott III

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Early Program Enrollment in a Statewide Child Development Account Program, Jin Huang, Sondra Beverly, Margaret Clancy, Terry Lassar, and Michael Sherraden

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Economic Socialization, Saving, and Assets in European Young Adults, Paul Webley and Ellen Nyhus

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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 Gale, William M. Rohe, Mark Schreiner, and Clinton Key

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Financial Knowledge and Attitudes of Youth in Ghana, Gina A. N. Chowa, Mathieu R. Despard, and Isaac Osei-Akoto

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Financial Knowledge and Child Development Account Policy: A Test of Financial Capability, Jin Huang, Yunju Nam, and Margaret Sherrard Sherraden

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From Asset Building to Balance Sheets: A Reflection on the First and Next 20 Years of Federal Assets Policy, Ray Boshara

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Household Assets, School Enrollment and Parental Aspirations for Children's Education in Rural China: Does Gender Matter?, Suo Deng, Jin Huang, Minchao Jin, and Michael Sherraden

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Ideas for Refining Children's Savings Account Proposals, William Elliott III

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Individual Development Accounts and Post-Secondary Education: Evidence From a Randomized Experiment, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Michael Sherraden, William Gale, William M. Rohe, Mark Schreiner, and Clinton Key

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Informing Policy on Volunteer Service Through Agency-Based Evaluations, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Susan Stapleton, and Amanda Moore McBride

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Intergenerational Transmission of Educational Attainment, Jin Huang

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International Volunteerism in the United States, 2004-2010, Benjamin Lough

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Interviews With Mothers of Young Children in the SEED for Oklahoma Kids College Savings Experiment, Karen Gray, Margaret Clancy, Margaret S. Sherraden, Kristen Wagner, and Julie Miller-Cribbs

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Learning to Vote: Informing Political Participation Among College Students, Suzanne Pritzker, Melanie J. Springer, and Amanda Moore McBride

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Long-Term Follow-Up of Individual Development Accounts: Evidence From the ADD Experiment, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Michael Sherraden, William M. Rohe, William Gale, Mark Schreiner, and Clinton Key

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My Path: An Innovative Initiative to Increase Financial Capability Among Economically Vulnerable Youth, Vernon Loke, Margaret Libby, and Laura Choi

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Parental Asset Accumulation Trajectories and Children's College Outcomes, Vernon Loke

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Parental Educational Expectations by Race/Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Status, Youngmi Kim, Michael Sherraden, and Margaret Clancy

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Parenting Stress Among White, Black, American Indian, and Hispanic Mothers, Yunju Nam, Nora Wikoff, and Michael Sherraden

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Perspective on Diversity, Human Nature, and Social Inclusion, Michael Sherraden

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Product Pilot Report: Youth Savings Performance in Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal, Lissa Johnson, YungSoo Lee, Isaac Osei-Akoto, Moses Njenga, and Sharad Sharma

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Food Insufficiency: Evidence From a Statewide Probability Sample of White, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic Infants, Yunju Nam, Jin Huang, Colleen Heflin, and Michael Sherraden

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Saving in Childhood and Adolescence: Insights From Developmental Psychology, Annette Otto

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Seoul Hope Plus Savings Accounts: Asset-Building Program for Low-Income Households in Seoul, Youngmi Kim, Soonung Lee, and Michael Sherraden

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Socioeconomic Status and Early Savings Outcomes: Evidence From a Statewide Child Development Account Experiment, Sondra G. Beverly, Youngmi Kim, Michael Sherraden, Yunju Nam, and Margaret Clancy

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Testing an Asset-Building Approach for Young People: Early Access to Savings Predicts Later Savings, Terri Friedline, William Elliott, and Gina Chowa

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The Effects of College Savings on Postsecondary School Enrollment Rates of Students With Disabilities, Gregory A. Cheatman and William Elliott III

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The Impact of Household Possessions on Youth's Academic Achievement in the Ghana YouthSave Experiment, Gina A. N. Chowa, Rainier D. Masa, Christopher J. Wretman, and David Ansong

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The Impact of Youth Debt on College Graduation, Min Zhan

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Validity of Infact Race/Ethnicity From Birth Certificates in the Context of U.S. Demographic Change, Lisa Reyes Mason, Yunju Nam, and Youngmi Kim