Rhode Island newborns get college savings

Rhode Island’s treasurer and governor-elect, Gina M. Raimondo, on Dec. 10 announced a policy change to make college savings more accessible for newborn children in that state. In January, it will be as simple as checking a box.

New book explores asset building in Asia

Asian scholars, practitioners and policymakers share lessons about asset-building policies in Asia and chart the future in the new book “Asset-Building Policies and Innovations in Asia.”

CSD’s 20th anniversary: Looking ahead

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this academic year, the Center for Social Development is expanding by bringing in new leaders and new bodies of work.

SRABC conference tackles racial wealth gap

As the racial wealth gap in the United States continues to broaden, the Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition has emerged with solutions for improving and sustaining communities that have historically high poverty rates and few assets.

The Early Good News About Child Development Accounts

Clancy, M., Beverly, S. G., & Sherraden, M. (2014, September). The early good news about Child Development Accounts (CSD Research Brief No. 14-24). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Next Age Institute launches

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have established the Next Age Institute, an international partnership to study, design and test social innovations.

Innovations in Asset Building

Sherraden, M. (2014, February). Innovations in asset building (CSD Perspective No. 14-18). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

New book provides in-depth look at asset building in Asia, conversations continue

The Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis recognizes that asset-building policies in Asia offer important lessons in lifelong wealth and retirement security. International interest in these policies, particularly regarding aging populations, has prompted a book published in Chinese and one forthcoming in English.

SEED OK experiment already making an impact on families, policy

An experiment that models the first truly universal Child Development Account policy in the United States shows early positive impacts for parents and children, according to a research summary recently published by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

New book explores the rise of asset building

More than two decades after Michael Sherraden, PhD, wrote Assets and the Poor – introducing asset building as a new social policy framework – that idea has taken off in numerous directions.

Interdisciplinary efforts on economic fragility spark new book, May 28 policy discussion in D.C.

The Great Recession and its aftermath — slow recovery, unemployment, underemployment and economic malaise — have produced an era unseen since the Great Depression. In an effort to study causes and find solutions, Washington University in St. Louis faculty from across disciplines are examining economic insecurity through the university’s Livable Lives Initiative.

CSD partners with St. Louis Fed on balance sheet symposium

​The Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis built on an already engaged and productive relationship this month when it co-sponsored a symposium with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Maine becomes first state to provide college savings for all newborns

This week, the state of Maine became the first in the United States to make college savings for newborns universal and automatic, putting into practice research pioneered by Michael Sherraden and the Brown School’s Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sherraden appointed to named professorship in Singapore

Michael Sherraden, PhD, George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School, has been named the inaugural S. R. Nathan Professor at the National University of Singapore.

Youth Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal

Johnson, L., Lee, Y. S., Sherraden, M., Chowa, G. A. N., Ansong, D., Ssewamala, F., … Saavedra, J. (2013, October). Youth savings patterns and performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal (YouthSave Research Brief No. 13-26). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Savings Patterns and Performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal

Johnson, L., Lee, Y. S., Sherraden, M., Chowa, G. A. N., Ansong, D., Ssewamala, F., … Saavedra, J. (2013). Savings patterns and performance in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal (YouthSave Research Report No. 13-18). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Brown School alum, McDonnell Academy scholar is benefiting children in Thailand

Brown School alumna Molly Wimonmat Srichamroen has created a first-of-its-kind children’s savings program in her native Thailand, using knowledge she gained at the Center for Social Development. Srichamroen was also a scholar in Washington University’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

Special journal issue emphasizes saving and educational success

A special issue of “Economics of Education Review” marks the first comprehensive set of studies that link assets and educational attainment. Research provides evidence that college savings should be included in policies for educational financing.

CSD again leading social innovation: New book on productive aging in Chinese

In the decades ahead, China will have a very large older population, with many older adults who are relatively healthy and interested in being actively engaged in their communities. Contributions of older adults will be necessary for social and economic development of families, communities and society.

Experts converge on Beijing to discuss lifelong asset building

The Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis partnered with Peking University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University to host a conference on strategies and innovations for asset building. This conference, held at Peking University in mid-November, reviewed research on asset building initiatives, a growing interest throughout Asia.

Youth and Saving in Ghana: A Baseline Report From the YouthSave Ghana Experiment

Chowa, G. A. N., Ansong, D., Masa, R., Despard, M. R., Osei-Akoto, I., Richmond, A.-A., Agyei-Holmes, A., & Sherraden, M. (2012). Youth and saving in Ghana: A baseline report from the YouthSave Ghana Experiment (CSD Research Report No. 12-56). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Food Insufficiency: Evidence From a Statewide Probability Sample of White, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic Infants

Nam, Y., Huang, J., Heflin, C., & Sherraden, M. (2012). Racial and ethnic disparities in food insufficiency: Evidence from a statewide probability sample of White, African American, American Indian, and Hispanic infants (CSD Working Paper No. 12-45). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.