PolicyLink and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) are working to promote the notion that equity is the superior growth model. We are engaged in this because we see new coalitions forming for coupling prosperity and inclusion at the metropolitan level and because we think that such a combination is essential to national recovery: in our view, we got in our economic and financial fix partly because those at the top were so wealthy they were speculating while those at the bottom were so strained they were borrowing to stay afloat. Growing inequality, in short, has been bad not just for the poor but for all of us. Combining data, policy and communications expertise, we seek to help Americans understand our changing demography, the outlines of a new and fairer economy, and the need to come together to create a better future.
December 4, 2014
The Piedmont Triad region in North Carolina—covering 12 counties and home to the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point—is a growing region whose demographics are rapidly changing.
Communities of color are driving growth, and have increased from 20 to 33 percent of the population since 1980. Ensuring its diverse residents can participate in the regional economy and contribute to stronger job growth and broadly shared prosperity is critical for the region’s future.
December 2, 2014
Omaha-Council Bluffs has a relatively strong and resilient regional economy, with overall low unemployment and steady job growth. At the same time, wages have stagnated for most workers and many communities of color face barriers to accessing good jobs, living wages, and the education needed for the jobs of the future. Increasing connections to good jobs, raising the floor for low-wage work, and building communities of opportunity metro-wide are key strategies to shift the region towards equitable growth.
October 22, 2014
This research brief by PolicyLink and PERE estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation.
Visit PolicyLink and PERE's new interactive website with data and tools to advance racial equity in the U.S.: http://www.nationalequityatlas.org >>
October 14, 2014
PolicyLink and PERE's analysis showed the region already stands to gain a great deal from addressing racial inequities. If racial gaps in income had been closed in 2012, the regional economy would have been $243.3 billion stronger: a 54 percent increase.
March 26, 2014
"Minnesota’s Tomorrow: Equity is the Superior Growth Model" is a joint report from PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) which documents the costs of racial inequities and the work under way to address these disparities in the state.
Manuel Pastor, Madeline Wander, Mirabai Auer
Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Marlene Ramos, Mirabai Auer
The Center for American Progress and PolicyLink in association with PERE
By Sarah Treuhaft, Angela Glover Blackwell, and Manuel Pastor
PolicyLink/PERE together released a set of maps using newly released Census data on race and ethnicity by age. The story the data tell are striking: Nationally, 80 percent of seniors are white and only in a few counties are most seniors people of color. But the younger population looks vastly different: the majority of babies born in the last two years were nonwhite, and across the country-from our largest cities to suburbs, small towns, and rural areas-young Americans are increasingly people of color.
The diverse young population is the key to our future prosperity, but too many of today's elders and decision-makers do not see themselves reflected in the next generation, and are not making investments in the same educational systems and community infrastructure that enabled their own success. America's longstanding racial gap has become a generational gap: all children-regardless of their race-will suffer if we do not choose to make investments that create the conditions for the next generation to reach its full potential.
Angela Glover Blackwell interview Manuel Pastor on the nation’s changing demographics and the implications of those changes.
We all know that America's demographics are rapidly shifting. But when you see this time-lapse maps showing just how dramatically the face of America is changing, there’s no doubt we have to invest in America's tomorrow.
By Manuel Pastor | April 28, 2011
What is equity? What is the link between equity and growth? What policies can promote equitable growth?