Case Report - July 9, 2020

Associate Director of Communications and Producer, No Jargon

You're reading Case Report, a digest of our expert network's best research, analysis, and policy recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From financial struggles to mental health challenges, COVID-19 has America’s youth and families in a state of crisis. And it should be no surprise that the brunt of these effects are once again being felt by our most vulnerable community members, amplifying pre-existing inequalities. This week, we explore how the lockdown is hitting home.

It's not just about money. Black youth will bear permanent scars from this recession

With the coronavirus-related economic downturn expected to have the worst impact on youth, and Black youth in particular, economist Olugbenga Ajilore points to the role of student debt in constraining job opportunities and other long-term financial decisions. [CNN Business]

Woman Says She Was Fired Because Her Children Disrupted Her Work Calls

The coronavirus has done little to improve the imbalance of working mothers shouldering more of the caregiving burden than their male counterparts, according to sociologist Caitlyn Collins. [New York Times]

Poll: 1 in 5 Hispanic families have lost employment in pandemic

In a new poll, political scientist Gabriel Sanchez finds that Hispanic families in New Mexico are struggling to pay rent following job loss and significantly reduced income, a situation that is exacerbated by the fact that many are excluded from federal aid. [Sante Fe New Mexican]

Why Congress should take action now for schools to open in the fall

With students facing learning loss, lack of access to food, and mental health challenges, public policy researcher Nora Gordon argues in this opinion piece with Sarah Reber that Congress must quickly provide schools, especially those serving more poor students, with the additional aid they need to reopen in the fall. [The Hill]

It’s Been ‘Such a Weird Year.’ That’s Also Reflected in Crime Statistics.

Social psychologist Phillip Atiba Goff speculates about the potential causes behind this year’s increased murder rate, cautiously pointing to increased domestic violence as one possibility due to “people being locked inside (during quarantines) and a lack of social services.” [New York Times]