Public Policy

Looking at community policing in the Global South

A collaborative study, co-authored by a group of researchers, including political scientists Dorothy Kronick and Guy Grossman of the School of Arts & Sciences, showed no significant positive effect associated with community policing across a range of countries

Kristen de Groot



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly’s return of masks gets both eyerolls and support from residents. Can health officials bridge this divide? 

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is featured in a story about Philadelphia’s impending return to mandatory masking in indoor public places.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Nearly 4 million U.S. children were pushed into poverty when the child tax credit expansion ended

Pilar Gonalons-Pons of the School of Arts & Sciences said the immediate impact of letting the child tax credit expire proves that “keeping children in poverty is a policy choice.” “When we use these tools, the damaging experience of poverty among children can be remedied. When we don’t, we allow it to continue,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

A pilot project to address the affordable housing crisis in Philly hits delays and opposition

Benjamin Keys of the Wharton School said a pilot program that uses a land trust model to create affordable housing units in Philadelphia could help residents. “I think of it as one more financing tool in the toolkit, and one that should absolutely be explored and tested,” he said.

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The New York Times

Cash aid to poor mothers increases brain activity in babies, study finds


Martha J. Farah of the School of Arts & Sciences commented on a study that found alleviating maternal poverty with cash assistance increased brain activity in babies. “It’s proof that just giving the families more money, even a modest amount of more money, leads to better brain development,” she said.

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The New York Times

How $1,000 a month in guaranteed income is helping NYC mothers

Amy Castro of the School of Social Policy & Practice said “time scarcity” keeps many poor families trapped in poverty. “If you’re struggling to make ends meet and you’re knitting together two or three part-time jobs,” she said, “you don’t have time to plan for the future or even to think.”

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The New York Times

Federal rental assistance is running out, with tenants still in need

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the pandemic’s evolving effects on U.S. renters. “Historically, we have had a nonexistent housing safety net nationally. Then we suddenly have this allocation of resources, and we build this whole new infrastructure. Now it’s about to go away, and we have no idea if it will ever be rebuilt.”

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