State of the Union Report

Our sixth annual State of the Union issue of Pathways is now available! In this year’s issue, the country’s leading experts provide the latest evidence on how millennials are faring. Can they make it in the new gig economy? Are they facing higher rates of poverty than previous generations? Are the key race and gender gaps finally closing for them? Here's our promise: Many of the answers surprise. Read now!

State of the Union Report

Racial and Gender Identities - Sasha Shen Johfre and Aliya Saperstein, Stanford University

Student Debt - Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan

Employment - Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University

Criminal Justice - Bruce Western, Columbia University and Jessica Simes, Boston University

Education - Florencia Torche and Amy L. Johnson, Stanford University

Income and Earnings - Christine Percheski, Northwestern University

Social Mobility - Michael Hout, New York University

Occupational Segregation - Kim Weeden, Cornell University

Poverty and the Safety Net - Marybeth Mattingly, Stanford University; Christopher Wimer, Sophie Collyer and Luke Aylward, Columbia University

Housing - Darrick Hamilton, Ohio State University, and Christopher Famighetti, The New School

Social Networks - Mario L. Small and Maleah Fekete, Harvard University

Health - Mark Duggan and Jackie Li, Stanford University

Policy - Sheldon Danziger, Russell Sage Foundation


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For more information about The State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality, read the 2014201520162017, and 2018 reports, or email

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