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Tanya Golash-Boza
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Immigrant removals are at an all-time high – not only removals of new arrivals turned back at the border, but also of people seized from communities across the country. Latino men bear the brunt – and so do their fractured families, including many children who are U.S. citizens.

Jane Waldfogel
Compton Foundation Centennial Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

Once again, GOP Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is calling for huge cutbacks in U.S. anti-poverty programs he denounces as unsuccessful. But research using updated measurements reveals that federal benefits and taxes have lifted millions of Americans out of poverty.

Arne L. Kalleberg
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bad jobs with low pay and poor prospects are proliferating, and the recent Great Recession made things worse. SSN's 400th member, Arne Kalleberg, tracks down the causes of a deteriorating U.S labor market – and suggests much-needed improvements.

Andrew K. Jorgenson
Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

Nations pursue economic development to improve people's lives, but growth can spur carbon emissions that threaten environments on which humans depend. Research deploying a new measure explores how economic growth impacts the carbon intensity of gains in human longevity in various world regions.

As a surge of sign-ups brings year one to a close, David Morgan of Reuters Health Policy Watch conducts an illuminating interview with SSN expert Kathy Swartz – about the national total, consumer choices in the states, Latino outreach, and the age and health mix of enrollees.

Dean Baker
Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Has the sun really set on the age of full employment? Dean Baker and colleague Jared Bernstein show that better policy choices can produce millions of new jobs at all skill levels, pulling American workers and the economy out of the doldrums.

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