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Most-Read Research in 2011

Next ArrowOur top 10 most-read research publications and commentaries reflect the nation's policy priorities and legislative debates from health care and social security to unemployment, taxes, and recession.

  1. Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Benefits Over a Lifetime (UI & TPC site)
    C. Eugene Steuerle, Stephanie Rennane
    How much will you pay in Social Security and Medicare taxes over your lifetime? And how much can you expect to get back in benefits? It depends on whether you're married, when you retire, and how much you?ve earned over a lifetime.
  2. The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving and Volunteering, 2011
    Katie L. Roeger, Amy Blackwood, Sarah L. Pettijohn
    This brief highlights trends from the eighth edition of The Nonprofit Almanac 2011, prepared by the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute. We highlight the growth in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities, as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering.
  3. Why Some Tax Units Pay No Income Tax
    Rachel M. Johnson, Jim Nunns, Jeff Rohaly, Eric Toder, Roberton Williams
    About 46 percent of American households will pay no federal individual income tax in 2011, roughly half of them because of structural features of the income tax that provide basic exemptions for subsistence level income and for dependents.
  4. Committees Tackle the Deficit
    John L. Palmer, Rudolph G. Penner
    Numerous committees have formed to suggest ways of restoring fiscal stability. Some come from the political right or left, but the most interesting include members who span the ideological spectrum. The most important is the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (NCFRR 2010).
  5. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Poverty
    Urban Institute
    This factsheet presents a quick overview of recent cross-cutting Urban Institute research on poverty, including 13 key points on poverty's effects on immigration, health care, children, infants with depressed mothers, employment, assets, and neighborhoods. One in an occasional series of Thirteen Ways factsheets.
  6. The Multi-site Adult Drug Court Evaluation: Executive Summary
    Shelli B. Rossman, John Roman, Janine M. Zweig, Michael Rempel, Christine Lindquist
    The National Institute of Justice's Multi-site Adult Drug Court Evaluation (MADCE) tested whether drug courts reduce drug use, crime, and associated problems; assessed how drug courts work and for whom; examined how changes in participant attitudes and behaviors explain effectiveness; and determined whether drug courts generate cost savings.
  7. Poverty in the United States
    Austin Nichols
    The U.S. Census Bureau has announced that the poverty rate jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 and 13.2 percent in 2008. This 18-year high still understates the dire straits of many Americans today. The devastation of poverty grows more severe over time as individuals exhaust private resources and temporary benefits.
  8. What Role is Welfare Playing in this Period of High Unemployment?
    Sheila R. Zedlewski, Pamela J. Loprest, Erika Huber
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the nation's cash assistance program for poor families with children, has not played much of a countercyclical role during the current recession.
  9. How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Jobs?
    John Holahan, Bowen Garrett
    Opponents of health reform have made strong claims about the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on jobs. Supporters of legislation to repeal the ACA, the so-called “Repealing the Job Destroying Health Care Law Act,” argue that the law will increase unemployment in an already fragile economy.
  10. The Elected Official's Toolkit for Jail Reentry
    Jesse Jannetta, Hannah Dodd, Brian Elderbroom
    The Elected Official's Toolkit for Jail Reentry provides information and resources for local elected officials interested in launching or expanding a jail reentry initiative. The Toolkit includes an overview of jail reentry, first steps for developing a context-appropriate jail reentry initiative, essential facts and data to engage stakeholders, sample legislation, profiles of elected officials who have championed jail reentry, and a guide to additional resources.
 

Top 5 Bestselling Urban Institute Press Books of 2011

Our top 10 most-read research publications and commentaries reflect the nation's policy priorities and legislative debates from health care and social security to unemployment, taxes, and recession.

1.
Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go?
by Marguerite Roza
2.
Performance Measurement: Getting Results, second edition Performance Measurement: Getting Results, second edition
by Harry P. Hatry
3.
Long-Term Care for the Elderly Long-Term Care for the Elderly
by Robyn I. Stone
4.
Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy, second edition Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy, second edition
by Joseph J. Cordes, Robert D. Ebel, and Jane G. Gravelle
5.
Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy, second edition Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy, second edition
by C. Eugene Steuerle