Inquiry
Students who experience violence/abuse have lower GPAs than those who do not. Read more.
Innovation
Most economic well-being measures ignore long-term priorities like saving for retirement and children's college education. Read more.
Impact
SEED for Oklahoma Kids is the first experiment examining the impact of CDAs on parental educational expectations for young children. Read more.
PUBLICATIONS
CSD NEWS
Racial Disparities in Education Debt Burden Among Low- and Moderate-Income Households
Grinstein-Weiss, M., Perantie, D. C., Taylor, S. H., Guo, S., & Raghavan, R. (2016). Racial disparities in education debt burden among low- and moderate-income households. Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 166–174. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.010
Fact Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions About the Features of Child Development Accounts in Israel
Grinstein-Weiss, M., Covington, M., Brewster, M., & Oliphant, J. E. (2016, April). Frequently asked questions about the features of Child Development Accounts in Israel (CSD Fact Sheet No. 16-12). St. Louis, MO.
Policy Brief: A Savings Account for Every Child Born in Israel: Recommendations for Program Implementation
Grinstein-Weiss, M., Covington, M., Clancy, M. M., & Sherraden, M. (2016, April). A savings account for every child born in Israel: Recommendations for program implementation (CSD Policy Brief No. 16-11). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Fact Sheet: Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal
Johnson, L., Lee, Y., Ansong, D., Sherraden, M., Chowa, G., Ssewamala, F., Zou, L., Sherraden, M., Njenga, M., Kieyah, J., Osei-Akoto, I., Sharma, S., Manandhar, J., Rodriguez, C., Merchán, F., & Saavedra, J. (2016). Youth savings patterns and performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal (CSD Fact Sheet No. 16-10). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Research Brief: Characteristics and Hardships Associated With Bank Account Ownership Among Refund to Savings Participants
Grinstein-Weiss, M., Perantie, D. C., Oliphant, J. E., deRuyter, A., & Despard, M. R. (2016, March). Characteristics and hardships associated with bank account ownership among Refund to Savings participants (CSD Research Brief No. 16-09). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Testing Universal Child Development Accounts: Financial Impacts in a Large Social Experiment
Clancy, M. M., Beverly, S. G., Sherraden, M., & Huang, J. (2016). Testing universal Child Development Accounts: Financial impacts in a large social experiment (CSD Working Paper No. 16-08). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
Research Summary: Universal Accounts at Birth: Results from SEED for Oklahoma Kids
Beverly, S. G., Clancy, M. M., & Sherraden, M. (2016). Universal accounts at birth: Results from SEED for Oklahoma Kids (CSD Research Summary No. 16-07). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
The protective role of religious involvement in African American and Caribbean Black adolescents’ experiences of racial discrimination
Butler-Barnes, S. T., Martin, P. P., Copeland-Linder, N., Seaton, E., Matusko, N., Caldwell, C. H., & Jackson, J. S. (2016). The protective role of religious involvement in African American and Caribbean Black adolescents’ experiences of racial discrimination. Youth & Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0044118X15626063
New research from the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University shows low- to moderate-income black students and graduates accrue $7,721 more education debt than their white counterparts. 
​​Just days before this year’s April 18 tax filing deadline, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) proposed a plan to encourage Americans to build emergency funds. Under the bipartisan Refund to Rainy Day Savings Act, tax filers who receive a direct-deposit tax refund would be allowed to defer 20 percent of their refund by opting into the Rainy Day Savings Program on their 1040 tax form.​
​Social entrepreneur Peter Nares, the founder of Prosper Canada and longtime friend of the Center for Social Development (CSD), died on April 5. He was 66. He was “a visionary with an unstoppable belief in the desire and capacity of all people to forge a decent life for themselves and their families," says CEO Elizabeth Mulholland.​
We are pleased to share news from and highlight ongoing collaborations with our global partners the Centre for Social Development Asia, at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Centre for Social Development in Africa, at the University of Johannesburg.
The Singapore government announced on March 24 that it has significantly expanded Child Development Accounts (CDAs). The expansion is an automatic deposit into the CDAs of all newborns in the amount of S$3,000, which is US$2,220 at current exchange rates. 
Families’ costs have decreased for Missouri’s MOST 529 college savings plan, and now there is no minimum deposit required to open an account. Under a new agreement, annual expenses declined for the MOST 529 Direct Plan age-based funds to 0.23 percent, or $2.30 for every $1,000 invested.