Opening Doors: Scarcity

September 29, 2015 Our staff recently read Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan?s book Scarcity in preparation for Eldar Shafir?s presentation at our fall conference. The book explores the science of scarcity, or having less than you feel you need, such as time, money, or energy, and how that scarcity impacts our brains. Here are five […]

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New Book on Workforce Development Policies

September 24, 2015 Seattle Jobs Initiative is pleased to announce the release of a collaborative new book, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. SJI?s own policy director David Kaz contributed a chapter in this book, entitled ?Basic Food Employment and Training: How Washington State Brought to Scale Skills Training for Its Food […]

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Opening Doors: Day of Caring

September 24, 2015 This past Friday was United Way of King County?s Day of Caring, the largest volunteer event in Washington State, and we were so grateful for the service of the volunteers on our project, Computers2Careers! With the help of thirteen Microsoft volunteers, SJI hosted a computer give-away and skills training for our Career […]

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Opening Doors: Falling Off the Cliff

September 22, 2015 In our previous blog post, we discussed realities of benefits programs in the U.S. and the common gaps that cause those who are not meeting their basic needs to be ineligible to receive benefits. Benefits are lower than many realize, and funding shortages severely limit how many qualifying families receive aid. However, […]

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Beyond the Headlines — Aid Like a Paycheck

[h6]September 2015 ?|? FOCUS: Behavioral Economics[/h6]   Aid Like a Paycheck: New Concept in Financial Aid May Help Students with Money Management & Mental Bandwidth What do low-income college students in the U.S. and Indian sugar cane farmers have in common? On the surface, not much. However, both get large cash infusions once or twice […]

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Opening Doors: Safety Nets, or Lack Thereof

September 15, 2015 SNAP, Medicaid, Section 8. Many of us recognize the names of the various public benefits available in the United States whether or not we have used them. However, if we haven?t had to access them, we may not have a clear picture of their function and scope ? or the challenges that […]

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Opening Doors: Behavioral Economics

September 3, 2015 Why would someone, already in debt, take out a payday loan, knowing they will not be able to pay off the exorbitant interest? Why would a minimum wage worker, counting on every penny of their paycheck, neglect to show up to work? Here at SJI, we?ve spent the last few months learning […]

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