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Natalia A. Kolesnikova

Understanding Poverty Measures and the Call To Update Them

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

Official poverty rates are on the rise in the United States. But does this necessarily mean that more people can’t meet their basic needs? This article examines how poverty is calculated and looks at the criticisms of these measures.

 

Gender Wage Gap May Be Much Smaller Than Most Think

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

 

District Overview: Revised Data Show that District Gained, Not Lost, Jobs in 2010

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

 

Jobless Recoveries: Causes and Consequences

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

 

A Bleak 30 Years for Black Men: Economic Progress Was Slim in Urban America

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Yang Liu

In many ways, black men were still worse off than white men in 2000, more than three decades after passage of the Civil Rights Act. A decline in manufacturing and relatively low levels of education were contributing factors.

 

The Return to Education Isn't Calculated Easily

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova

Most studies estimate that the return to each year of education is about 10 percent. But calculating the financial gain is not a cut-and-dried process. Even more difficult is calculating the nonmonetary return.

 

From Community College to a Bachelor's Degree and Beyond: How Smooth Is the Road?

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova

Those who start out at a community college and go on to get a four-year or better degree usually face a rougher road than those who start out at a four-year college. The paycheck at the end of the road is often less for those in the former group.

 

The Changing Role of Community Colleges

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova

 

Community Colleges: Not So Junior Anymore

By Natalia A. Kolesnikova and Luke Shimek

Originally, their goal was to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college. Today, they also offer work force training, certification in professions, adult continuing education-and even bachelor's degrees.