Contact economics departments of community and liberal arts colleges and universities near you.
Chalmers Center for Economic Development
"The Chalmers Center is a research and training initiative of Covenant College that specializes in community economic development. The Center training equips people with practical field-tested strategies that have been carefully developed and refined in cooperation with partnering Christian development agencies and churches worldwide."
Community Investment Center
Very useful in helping people know how to invest their money so that communities and the poor can benefit.
The Economic Research Service (ERS)
The prominent source of economic data and research from the US Dept of Agriculture.
EnterWeb - Community Economic Development
Provides a ton of helpful links for CED related organizations and websites in North America.
Five Talents International
"Based on the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Five Talents’ mission is to fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives by empowering the poor in developing countries using innovative savings and credit programs, business training and spiritual development."
New American Dream
A comprehensive website that urgers Americans to live consciously, buy wisely and make a difference.
National Child Labor Committee
New York City, NY (212) 840-1801
New Economics Foundation
Based out of the UK, this is an innovated "think and do" tank committed to incorporating social and environmental factors into their study of economics.
A branch in the Economics and Statistics Administration, US Dept. of Commerce, which offers vital economic, business and international trade data from the US government.
Bachman, J. G. (1983, Summer). "Premature affluence: Do high school students earn too much?" Economic Outlook USA, p. 65.
Brady, J. (1989, July 10). "The summer job." Advertising Age, p. 32.
Butterfield, B.D. "The high cost of the teenage worker." (1986, December 2). The Boston Globe, p. 47.
Duff, M. (1990, June). "Tying learning to earning." Supermarket Business Magazine, 45, p. 29.
Eisenburg, H. (1988, April 4). "Your teenager should work, right? Wrong." Medical Economics, 65, p. 55.
Gonzales, M. (1988, May). "The ways of youth." American Demographics, 10, p. 22.
Graham, E. "The call of the mall: With time to kill and money to spend, teenage ‘mall rats’ can’t stay away." (1988, May 13). The Wall Street Journal, p. 7.
"Luring youth to fast-food jobs." (1989, August). USA Today, 118, p. 7.
Marriott, M. "For teenagers, jobs but not careers." (1988, March 19). The New York Times, 137, p. L29.
Raspberry, W. (1989, November). "Too good for manual labor: The very kids who most need employment are being taught that work is beneath their dignity." Reader’s Digest, 135, p. 155.
Robb, C. "Study links excess work to students’ problems." (1991, April 29). The Boston Globe, p. 1.
Rubinstein, C. "The American family is adjusting to teenagers work-spend ethic." (1988, January 21). The New York Times, pp. 17(N), C1(L).
Salk, L (1990, October). "After-school jobs: Are they good for kids?" McCall’s, 118, p. 102.
Sherer, M. (1990, June 27). "Working children: Heeding child labor laws is only the first step: Employers can do much more to help teenagers juggle school and work." Restaurants and Institutions, 100, p. 62.
"Sweet 16 and ready to work." (1988, January 20). The Economist, 306, p. 21.
Victor, K. (1990, July 14). "Kids on the job." National Journal, p. 1712.
Whitman, D. (1989, June 26). "The forgotten half." US News and World Report, p. 74.
Wildavsky, B. (1990, January). "McJobs: Inside mcdonald’s, america’s largest youth training program." Reader’s Digest, 136, p. 126.
Williams, C.C. (1988, February). "National youth service—at long last?" Black Enterprise, 18, p. 55.
Anderson, E. (1990). Streetwise: Race, class and change in an urban community. Chicago: Chicago University. Enlightens outsiders about the cultural realities of inner cities and street society.
Canterbury, E.R. (1987). The making of economics (3rd ed.).
Case, K and Fair, R. (1994). Principles of economics (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall.
Fusfeld, D.R. (1987). Economics (3rd ed.).
Galbraith, J.K. (1987). Economics in perspective: A critical history.
Greenberger, E. & Steinberger, L. (1986). When teenagers work: The psychological and social costs of adolescent employment. Basic Books. Authors conclude that the effects of part-time work on high school students are more detrimental than beneficial. Arguments are forceful and thought provoking.
Heilbroner, R. (1988). Behind the veil of economics.
Hill, R.B. & Nixon, R. (1984). Youth employment in American industry. Transaction Books. The book provides overview of the 1980s’ youth employment situation, with special emphasis on hiring patterns and job programs for young minorities.
Holzer, H. (1996). What employers want: Job prospects for less educated workers. Russell Sage Foundation. Empirical studies on the spatial mismatch theory which argues that jobs have moved away from inner cities. Holzer’s research shows that housing discrimination and transportation limitations hinder inner city and minority people to find good jobs.
Kotlowitz, A. (1991). There are no children here: The story of two boys growing up in another America. Doubleday.
Lemann, N. (1992). The promised land: The great black migration and how it changed America. Random House.
MacLeod, J. (1995). Ain’t no makin’ it: Aspirations & attainment in a low-income neighborhood (revised ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview. Two several-year contacts with two different groups of young men (one mostly white, the other mostly black), tests economic theories. Surprising results.
Osterman, P. (1980). Getting started: The youth labor market. The MIT Press. This provides the background and development of youth labor market. Observations are based on interviews with men in two Boston neighborhoods (East Boston and Roxbury) and talks with business executives in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts.
Phillips, K. (1990). The politics of rich and poor: Wealth and the American electorate in the Reagan aftermath. Random House.
Rima, I.H. (1978). Development of economic analysis (3rd ed.).
Samuelson, P. (1980). Economics (11th ed.).
Samuelson, P. & Nordhaus, W.D. (1989). Economics (13th ed.).
Schumacher, E.F. (1974) Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. Sphere Books, London, 255pp.
Schumpeter, J.A. (1965). Ten great economists.
Silk, L. (1976). The Economists.
Sowell, T. (1983). The economics and politics of race. William Murrow.
Stern, D. & Eichorn, D. (eds.). (1989). Adolescence and work: Influence of social structure, labor markets and culture. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Authors view youth education and labor issues from several perspectives.
Sullivan, A.O. (1993). Urban economics (2nd ed.). Homewood, IL: Irwin Publishers.
Williams, T & Kornblum, W. (1985). Growing up poor. Lexington Books of D.C.: Heath. Why and how some urban and rural kids make it out of poverty; stresses the role of a mentor.
Wilson, J. (1987). The truly disadvantaged: The inner city, the underclass and public policy. Chicago: University of Chicago. Classic work on the spatial and social isolation of inner city poor.
REPORTS AND STUDIES
"The forgotten half: An interim report on the school to work transition." (1988, January). The William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family and Citizenship.
"The forgotten half, pathways to success for America’s youth and young families." (1988, November). The William T. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family and Citizenship.
"Vocational education for at-risk youth: How can it be made more effective?" (1988, August 1). Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.
Dean Borgman and Keith Chrisanthus cCYS