Although Medicare was established as a “pay as you go” program—with current taxpayers contributing to pay for the costs of current beneficiaries—many observers of Medicare question what individuals pay over their lifetimes compared to what they receive in benefits. This brief takes a critical look at this line of reasoning and generates a lifetime measure of contributions and benefits.
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6 Jun 2016
Measuring the contribution that Medicare and Social Security make to seniors is central to the debate over entitlement reforms. Understanding the role that these programs play is essential to understanding the impacts of various reform proposals. This brief explores issues related to the question of whether or not we can afford Medicare.
6 Jun 2016
This infographic illustrates key points from a series of papers by AIR, which reexamine the perennial policy question: Is Medicare sustainable? The papers, and the infographic, show that beneficiaries bear almost a third of the cost of Medicare, and that burden will rise as older adults increasingly stay on the job and continue to pay income and payroll taxes.
26 May 2016
The Ten Series
High-quality preschool programs can have far reaching benefits for kids, parents, and communities—and they can provide a high return on initial investments. This 10 Series report summarizes our key findings about local preschool initiatives in 10 U.S. communities.
18 May 2016
As new technologies emerge, there is a growing perception that schools must utilize the latest technologies. This brief’s authors conducted evaluations of two large-scale technology initiatives and here share six lessons learned about common pitfalls during early stages of implementation.
16 May 2016
As competency-based education (CBE) grows in prominence in higher education, leaders of CBE programs will be asked to demonstrate how students in those programs “stack up” against students in traditional non-CBE programs across an array of outcomes, from learning to time-to-degree and affordability. This brief outlines seven considerations for CBE program leaders who want to begin gathering and using rigorous evidence as they build a case for CBE for internal and external audiences.
4 May 2016
Which states see the most firearm possession incidents at public elementary and secondary schools? Has the number of bullying incidents increased or decreased in the past 15 years? Are schools prepared to address violent incidents in the event of a school shooting? How has crime on college campuses changed since 2001? Using the Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015, we answer those questions here—with some surprising results.
2 May 2016
How involved are parents in their children’s education? Do they attend school activities? Are they satisfied with the school? Is involvement different for parents of students in public or private schools? Using the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012, this infographic answers these questions.
20 Apr 2016
in the summer of 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative to identify successful strategies for ensuring that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. This brief summarizes the lessons learned and recommendations of the initiative.
8 Apr 2016
This research brief, the first from the Back on Track study, compares educational outcomes through the second year of high school for students who took an online credit recovery course and those who took a face-to-face credit recovery course.