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February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

Top news and stories, including the latest Research and NDSC Data Story from the Price Center for Social Innovation in February 2019.


The Scale of Informal Labor and Its Impact on the Economy

KCET City Rising

Measuring the nature and impact of the informal economy is difficult due to the lack of a common understanding of its meaning. Some think of the new “gig” economy as informal because of the nature of independent contracting and lack of wage work. Others use more formal definitions, such as unincorporated, unregistered market enterprises (ILO, 2015). The size of informal employment is consequential; over 60% of workers in the world earn the majority of their income in the informal economy, reaching a high of 85.8% in the region of Africa (ILO, 2018).


Here’s how to handle Central American migrants — like the Cuban rafters and Soviet Jews before them

LA Times

The United States has a long history of responding to migration emergencies with legislative remedies crafted for specific situations. Sometimes, the intent has been to open doors, at other times to close them. The current influx of Central American asylum seekers at our southern border also needs a highly targeted fix.

Unfortunately, what’s on the table in the negotiations now underway in Washington has little chance of solving the problem, or worse, aims to solve the wrong problem.


January 2019 Newsletter

Top news and stories, including the latest Research and NDSC Data Story from the Price Center for Social Innovation in January 2019.


NDSC Data Story: Life Expectancy: A Tale of Two South L.A. Communities

82 years. That is the average age a baby born in Los Angeles County can expect to live, which is a higher life expectancy than both the average Californian (81 years) and the average American (just under 79 years). However, average life expectancy alone can be a misleading indicator. Measure of America’s Portrait of Los Angeles County looked at life expectancy in its calculation of Los Angeles’s Human Development Index, and further analyzed variations in life expectancy by race and ethnicity, nativity, gender, and geography, providing an opportunity to explore how social, environmental, and economic contexts impact our ability to live long and healthy lives.