Assessing demographic and economic trends in order to prescribe policy that leads to prosperity for the urban disadvantaged.
This article makes the case for such an age-focused economic development strategy.
Dr. Jim Johnson, Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, speaks at Columbus Metropolitan Club on 'The Browning and Graying of America.'
North Carolina’s 65 and older population is growing almost twice as fast as the total population, increasing by close to a half million since 2000.
The aging of the world’s population will transform all of our social, economic, and political institutions. Ideas and innovations are urgently needed to help seniors age successfully.

Recent Publications

Proceed with Caution in Reopening Public Schools

February 12, 2021

Despite advocacy from governmental officials and parents alike, we urge caution in the reopening of public schools before the coronavirus pandemic is fully under control. We are especially concerned about the premature re-opening of schools in impoverished and flood-prone urban and rural environments. More

Prioritize High-Risk Demographics in Vaccine Rollout

January 29, 2021

People of color are overrepresented relative to their shares of the total population in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. The same is true for people living in over-crowded multigenerational households. Because people of color are more likely to live in multigenerational households than are Whites, the pandemic is having a double whammy effect in communities of color throughout the U.S. More

Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution: A Race Blind Approach to a Racially Disparate Problem

January 22, 2021

Considerable scholarly analysis and media attention has documented the racially disparate impact of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Constituting 13 percent of the general population, Blacks reportedly account for 25 percent of those that have tested positive and 39 percent of the COVID-related deaths in the United States. More

Does Your Firm Have Reputational Equity?

November 30, 2020

Public opinion polls reveal Americans are turning to companies with purpose and ethics to lead us through the profound anxiety and crises we are currently experiencing as a nation. We developed a corporate reputational equity checklist that will enable firms to brand or rebrand themselves as inclusive and equitable places to work, as well as position their companies as a collective of civically engaged corporate citizens poised and willing to address society’s most pressing ills, including systemic racism.