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New Book: Who Will Care for Us? Long-Term Care and the Long-Term Workforce

The number of elderly and disabled adults who require assistance with day-to-day activities is expected to double over the next twenty-five years. As a result, direct care workers such as home care aides and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) will become essential to many families. Yet these workers tend to be low-paid, poorly trained, and receive little respect. Is such a workforce capable of addressing the needs of our aging population?

In a new book from RSF, Who Will Care for Us?, economist Paul Osterman (MIT) assesses the challenges facing the long-term care industry. As New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter notes in a recent article citing the book, “How to provide long-term care for a fast-aging population poses one of the more convoluted challenges of the American labor market.” Who Will Care for Us? presents an innovative policy agenda that reconceives direct care workers’ work roles to improve both the quality of their jobs and the quality of elder care. As the Baby Boom generation ages, Osterman demonstrates the importance of restructuring the long-term care industry and establishing a new relationship between direct care workers, patients, and the medical system.

Read more or purchase a copy of the book.

RSF Welcomes Visiting Scholar Class of 2017-2018

This month RSF welcomes fifteen visiting scholars and visiting journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (New York Times Magazine). While in residence, they will pursue research that reflects RSF’s commitment to strengthening the social sciences and applying research more effectively to important social problems. The visiting scholars of 2017-2018 are:

  • Deirdre Bloome (University of Michigan)
  • Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University)
  • Katharine Donato (Georgetown University)
  • Lynne Haney (New York University)
  • Jennifer Jennings (Princeton University)
  • Nathan Kelly (University of Tennessee)
  • Issa Kohler-Hausmann (Yale University)
  • Michal Kurlaender (University of California, Davis)
  • Jana Morgan (University of Tennessee)
  • Dina Okamoto (Indiana University)
  • Brian Powell (Indiana University)
  • Dara Strolovitch (Princeton University)
  • Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Andrea Voyer (University of Connecticut)
  • Richard Ashby Wilson (University of Connecticut)

Read more about the visiting scholars’ projects.

New Fall 2017 Books from RSF

A first look at our four fall 2017 books is available on our website. The list includes Who Will Care for Us? an investigation of the challenges facing the long-term care industry and its low-wage workers; Bridging the Gaps, a study of how community colleges can better help nontraditional students achieve academic and job outcomes; Where Bad Jobs Are Better, a comparative study of retail work across different industries and countries; and Cycle of Segregation, an examination of the ways that everyday social processes shape residential segregation.

Two issues of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences will also be released this fall, and include “The Underground Gun Market,” edited by Philip J. Cook (Duke University) and Harold A. Pollack (University of Chicago), which brings together new research on firearms markets and the supply chains that deliver guns to dangerous offenders, and “New Immigrant Labor Market Niches,” edited by Susan Eckstein (Boston University) and Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis), which examines how immigrant workers navigate the opportunities and constraints in various segments of the labor market.

View the Fall 2017 catalog.

New Article by RSF Grantees Explores Effects of DACA on the Mental Health of Children

Science magazine has published a paper based on research supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. A team of researchers, including RSF grantees Jens Hainmueller, Duncan Lawrence, Tomás Jiménez, Fernando Mendoza, and David Laitin (Stanford University), examined rates of mental health disorders among the U.S.-born children of DACA recipients. Using data from Oregon’s Emergency Medicaid program, the researchers tracked over 5,600 immigrant mothers born just before and after the DACA eligibility cutoff and analyzed stress-related mental health issues among their children, such as anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder. They found that the rate of stress-related mental illness among children born to DACA-eligible mothers was more than fifty percent lower than that of mothers not eligible for DACA.

Read the report and policy brief.

RSF Funding Opportunities

RSF and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation are accepting letters of inquiry (LOIs) for a special initiative on non-standard employment until November 30, 2017 (2pm ET/11am PT). This initiative investigates the causes and consequences of the rise of alternative work arrangements, including temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancers. View the call for LOIs and application guidelines.

RSF is also accepting LOIs for its special initiative with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the Social, Political and Economic Effects of the Affordable Care Act until November 30, 2017 (2pm ET/11am PT). This initiative explores the effects of the ACA on outcomes such as financial security and family economic well-being, labor supply and demand, participation in other public programs, and family and children’s outcomes. View the call for LOIs and application guidelines.

RSF is also accepting LOIs in its core programs on the Future of Work, Social Inequality, and Behavioral Economics. The deadline is November 30, 2017 (2pm ET/11am PT). Read more and apply.

RSF Books Win ASA Section Award, Honorable Mention

At the 2017 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), RSF authors Stefanie DeLuca (Johns Hopkins University), Susan Clampet-Lundquist (St. Joseph’s University), and Kathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins University) received the William T. Goode Distinguished Book Award from the Section on the Sociology of the Family for their 2016 book Coming of Age in the Other America. The book explores how disadvantaged Baltimore youth manage to achieve upward mobility despite overwhelming odds and shows how public policies can help break the cycle of disadvantage. Read more or purchase a copy of the book.

RSF author Carla Shedd (CUNY Graduate Center) received Honorable Mention from the ASA Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility for her book Unequal City: Race, Schools, and Perceptions of Injustice. Shedd investigates how low-income black and Latino youth in Chicago navigate their neighborhoods, life opportunities, and encounters with the law, focusing on how schools either reinforce or ameliorate the social inequalities that shape the worlds of these adolescents. Read more or purchase a copy of the book.

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