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

2020 voting report: By the numbers

Penn students voted in unprecedented numbers during the 2020 presidential election, in part due to the voter-engagement program Penn Leads the Vote, which recently won the 2021 ALL IN Democracy Challenge Best Action Plan Award.

Kristina García

David Zaring breaks down the Pandora Papers

Following the leak of the Pandora Papers, detailing both legal and illegal financial transactions, there is bipartisan support of more oversight regarding secret trusts, but establishing international regulation continues to be difficult.

Kristina García



In the News


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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Philadelphia Inquirer

What happened to those in poverty with the child tax credit expansion ended?

Pilar Gonalons-Pons of the School of Arts & Sciences said failing to make permanent the child tax credit expansion “means a moment of optimism in which deep injustices and hardships could have been changed may be over.”

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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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The New York Times

The bill for my homelessness was $54,000

Dennis Culhane of the School of Social Policy & Practice said there should be clinics where people experiencing or emerging from homelessness should be able to clear their debts, akin to bankruptcy. “Otherwise, it’s just going to make it harder for people to survive, and that doesn’t serve anyone,” he said.

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The Economist

How landlords thwart America’s attempts to house poor people

Research from the Housing Initiative at Penn found that 10.4 million households would be eligible for housing vouchers in the U.S., four times as many families as available vouchers.

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