Carsey Institute Experts and Research Available on Presidential Campaign Issues
Contact:  Lori Wright
Communications Director
The Carsey Institute
University of New Hampshire
September 6, 2007

DURHAM, N.H. – Policy experts and research on key issues being debated by presidential candidates are available from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Experts and research are available on a wide range of topics including energy, health care, immigration, income inequality, Iraq, jobs, poverty, predatory lending and women in the labor force, with a particular emphasis on rural America.

The Carsey Institute conducts research and analysis on the challenges facing families and communities in New Hampshire, New England, and the nation. The Institute sponsors independent, interdisciplinary research that documents trends and conditions affecting families and communities, providing valuable information and analysis to policymakers, practitioners, the media, and the general public.

“Biofueling Rural Development: Making the Case for Linking Biofuel Production to Rural Revitalization”

Health Insurance/Care
“Rural Children Increasingly Rely on Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Programs for Medical Care”

Ken Johnson, Senior Demographer

“New Immigrant Settlements in Rural America: Problems, Prospects, and Policies”

“Demographic Trends in Rural and Small Town America”

Income Inequality
Ross Gittell, Senior Fellow
603-431-7628 (home)

“Rural Workers Would Benefit More Than Urban Workers From an Increase in the Federal Minimum Wage”

Iraq (Rural Casualty Rates)
William O'Hare, Rural Fellow
443-472-7434 (cell)

“U.S. Rural Soldiers Account for a Disproportionately High Share of Casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan”

“Low-Skill Workers in Rural America Face Permanent Job Loss”

Rural Poverty
Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, Director
“Rural America in the 21st Century: Perspectives From the Field”

“Child Poverty High in Rural America”

“Food Stamps and School Lunch Programs Alleviate Food Insecurity in Rural America”

“Rural America Depends on the Food Stamp Program to Make Ends Meet”

Subprime/Predatory Lending
“Subprime and Predatory Lending in Rural America: Mortgage lending practices that can trap low-income rural people”

Presidential Politics
Andy Smith, Director, UNH Survey Center
603- 868-3309 (home)

Women and work
Kristin Smith, Family Demographer

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