Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion

  1. Better than Free: What Americans Need More than 'Free College'

    September 15, 2015

    In the midst of the political debate over changes to college financing--including proposals for 'free college', AEDI Founding Director Willie Elliott considers the evidence regarding children's savings and educational outcomes, to ask what might be even better than 'free', when it comes to using higher education to place the American Dream truly within the reach of every child.

  2. Alliance for Economic Inclusion, on the move in Kansas City

    September 9, 2015

    AEDI is excited to be part of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion, a dynamic coalition of financial services providers, community organizations, federal regulators, and concerned leaders who have come together to catalyze broad prosperity and upward mobility for a generation of Kansas City's children. Here, we share some of the promising progress emerging from the Alliance's efforts.

  3. Building from Evidence: Policies to Combat Poverty

    May 7, 2015

    In our previous post, we discussed some evidence that poverty is not transmitted through culture, or the attitudes, preferences, and orientations of those living in poverty.  If anything, the evidence suggests...

  4. Culture of Mobility--Not Poverty

    May 5, 2015

    The poverty rate rose during the recent recession and remains particularly high among children (19.9% in 2013 according to the U.S. Census Bureau).  High child poverty increases concern that children raised in poverty will still be in poverty as adults.  These children certainly have strikes...