2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity

2017 Index of

Culture and Opportunity

The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America

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The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity evaluates a range of factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts that track social and economic changes and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future.

Culture

Culture Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Restoring Hope for Ex-Prisoners: The Key to Reducing Crime

Jon D. Ponder

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Crowding Out Compassion

James Whitford

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

How Churchgoing Builds Community

John Stonestreet

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Why Life Is Winning

Jeanne Mancini

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

The Future of Sexual Integrity: Cautious Hope Amid New Challenges

Judy Romea

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

A Precious Natural Resource:The Developing Adolescent Brain

Christian Thurstone, M.D.

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

Playing Catch with Pop

William Mattox

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Fading Fertility, Ready or Not

Jennifer Lahl

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

A Generation’s Fading Dream of Marriage Reflects an Incomplete Truth

Reverend Derek McCoy

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Poverty & Dependence

Poverty & Dependence Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Needed in Federal Welfare Programs: Work, Work, and More Work

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

How Work Overcomes the Welfare Trap

Nic Horton

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

SNAP, Work, and Opportunity

Angela K. Rachidi

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

How Housing Assistance Leads to Long-Term Dependence—and How to Fix It

Howard Husock

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Human Nature in a State of Welfare

Cal Thomas

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

It’s Time to Fix Our Welfare System

Rep. Jim Jordan

Jul 20, 2017 2 min read min read

Mom and Dad: Better Opportunity Together

Katrina Trinko

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Out of the Workforce

Nicholas Eberstadt

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

General Opportunity

General Opportunity Summary

Jul 20, 2017 1 min read min read

Freedom From or Freedom For?

Andreas Widmer

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Sabina Loving’s Taxing Fight for Economic Liberty

Nick Sibilla

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

Can America Regain Its Entrepreneurial Mojo?

Karen Kerrigan

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Where Do All the Tax Dollars Go?

Adam Michel

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

A Mixed National Jobs Picture

Greg R. Lawson

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Why the New “Natural” Rate of Unemployment Should Not Become the New Normal

Rachel Greszler

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

What the Employment-to-Population Ratio Has to Do with Today’s Pessimism About P...

Henry Olsen

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

High Student Loan Debt Threatens Upward Mobility

Mary Clare Amselem

Jul 2, 2017 4 min read min read

Fake Achievement: The Rising High School Graduation Rate

Lance Izumi

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Future of School Choice Looks Bright Thanks to Minority Support

Israel Ortega

Jul 20, 2017 4 min read min read

Understanding Charter School Growth

Jeanne Allen

Jul 20, 2017 3 min read min read

Reading Is Fundamental to American Liberty

Gerard Robinson

Jul 20, 2017 5 min read min read

About the Index

The Index takes stock of the cultural and economic factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity.