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$2,700: The global GDP threshold where democracies become more accountable and effective

$2,700: The global GDP threshold where democracies become more accountable and effective

A higher per capita income could be related to the quality of a governing body and degree of democracy. 

Source: 2014, Exploring the Cause and Effects of Revenue Decentralization: Does Revenue Decentralization Increase or Reduce Economic Growth?
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51% of out-of-school working youth work 40 weeks of the year or more

During working weeks, these youth work an average of 31 hours.

Source: 2015, Dropping Out and Clocking In
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Housing voucher recipients with cars were 2x more likely to find a job

Housing voucher recipients with cars were 2 times more likely to find a job

They also tended to live in neighborhoods with lower poverty rates, stronger housing markets, and lower health risks.

Source: 2014, Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients
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In 2012, nonprofits lost 105 donors for every 100 gained

In 2012, nonprofits lost 105 donors for every 100 gained

That year, nonprofits experienced negative growth in donors: gains of 866,000 were offset by losses of 909,000.

Source: 2013, 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report
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15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

15% of Americans were living in poverty in 2012, the highest rate in 50 years

The poverty rate was roughly as high as it has been in any year since 1965, but it lower than one might expect post-recession.

Source: 2013, Poverty in the United States
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For twenty-something white women, 81% of the fertility decrease is due to declining marriage rates

The recession has accelerated a long-term decline in the proportion of married white, black, and Latina women in their twenties.

Source: 2015, Millennial Childbearing and the Recession
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