With drones and satellites, India gets to know its slums

Reuters, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
About a third of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements, according to United Nations data.  These settlements may account for 30 percent to 60 percent of housing in cities, yet they are generally undercounted, resulting in a lack of essential services, which can... Read More »

Are Indian slums an economic asset hiding in plain sight?

Your Story, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
India is home to over 105 million slum dwellers, people who live in informal settlements, including those who do not have recognised rights to their land and property. The popular consensus and imagery that is consistent with slums is that of tightly-packed shanty dwellings, hungry and... Read More »

Very little upward mobility in slums: study

The Hindu, Monday, July 23, 2018
No upward mobility Even among those in notified slums, moving up the social ladder is a rarity. The survey reveals that households who have been in these slums for more than four generations earn just ₹8,000 per month, which is marginally more than a first-generation migrant to the city whose... Read More »

Study reveals 2,000 slums in Bengaluru, govt lists only 597

The Times of India, Monday, July 23, 2018
BENGALURU: Using satellite imagery and machine learning, a multi-agency study on the state of slums in Bengaluru has uncovered startling discrepancies in official ata: The city has over 2,000 slums, and the government recognizes only 597.  Interestingly, only Gulbarga Colony... Read More »

White College Graduates Are Doing Great With Their Parents' Money

The Atlantic, Friday, July 20, 2018
The numbers are staggering: White Americans with a college degree are on average three times as wealthy as black Americans with the same credential, and in families whose head of the household is employed, white families have 10 times the wealth of black ones. One estimate on... Read More »

Why we should stop celebrating Kylie Jenner

Chicago Sun Times, Thursday, July 19, 2018
“Self-made” further implies Jenner received no help and is successful by pluck and vision alone. We keep spinning these American tales of uplift that celebrate the very privileged — and either ignore or look askance at working or poor people. I don’t know how hard Jenner works, whether she’s up at... Read More »

Black Americans’ Median Wealth Could Disappear in One Generation

Truthout, Thursday, July 12, 2018
The most common explanation for what drives the racial wealth gap is lack of Black homeownership. A recent study from Duke University’s Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity dispels several myths about the racial wealth gap — including that homeownership is the driving... Read More »

Guaranteed jobs for all? Be skeptical

The Post and Courier, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Two ideas have emerged among the energized socialist wing of the Democratic Party in response to inequality, wage stagnation, poverty and unemployment. One is a federal guarantee of a job, while the other is a pledge for each person to receive a minimum cash payment from the government, an idea... Read More »

Rethinking America’s College Savings Programs

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The future of college savings Instead of relying on individual programs or behavioral nudges, we propose using behavioral insights to build better college savings mechanisms from the ground up. Rather than implementing small tweaks to existing frameworks, we can apply effective savings... Read More »


Electronic Urban Report , Saturday, July 7, 2018
*At first glance, the recently published article by CNN entitled “Black Men Are Succeeding In America”, sounds like a positive statement about the racial progress of America. Who does not want to hear that black males are progressing in a country that has so clearly made their advancement... Read More »