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

Business Alert! Gale Force Demographic Wind Gusts Ahead

August 25, 2021

Seven powerful demographic trends—analogous to gale force wind gusts in an adverse weather event—constitute potentially powerful disruptors of business and commerce in the years ahead. Four of the gale force demographic disruptors—slowing total and foreign-born population growth, white population loss, and declining fertility— have evolved over the past several decades. More

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