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Time for Long-Term Investments in Children and Childcare?

Even before COVID, childcare was a challenge. The pandemic’s swift economic plunge only made it worse, closing down childcare centers, shedding workers, increasing food insecurity, and turning working parents into full-time nannies and tutors on top of their regular jobs. In response, Congress passed temporary bipartisan childcare relief measures under various COVID packages, and the Biden administration is now seeking to make some of these permanent as part of its infrastructure legislation. Six IPR faculty outline how their research speaks to improving childcare, narrowing childhood disparities, and improving the overall wellbeing of America’s children as much-needed societal investments.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet IPR's Newest Faculty Fellow: Sylvia Perry 

Psychologist Sylvia Perry became an IPR faculty fellow this fall, adding her expertise in stereotyping and prejudice, intergroup relations, health disparities, and psychological wellbeing to the Institute’s interdisciplinary research programs. Her award-winning research also explores how attitudes and bias form and influence behavior.


A Shift from Policy Administration to Policy Insights

Fifth-year PhD student Sheridan Fuller recently received two major fellowships for his research on the social safety net, including Northwestern’s highest honor for graduate students, the Presidential Fellowship. He is the third IPR graduate research assistant to have received one in the past five years.

Research News

India Scales Up Program to Combat Gender Inequality

IPR economist Seema Jayachandran shows how a school-based intervention in Haryana, India, increased seventh and tenth graders’ support for gender equality up to two years later.

Why Are Black Preschoolers More Likely to Be Disciplined Than Their White Peers?

According to new research by IPR developmental psychologists Terri Sabol, Onnie Rogers, and Lauren Wakschlag, teachers tend to complain more about Black students and identify their behavior as problematic.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research by IPR faculty investigates how adolescents respond to racism on social media, whether a mother’s attitude toward gender impacts her daughter’s math scores, and the causes and consequences of fewer jury trials. 

Faculty in the News

In summary, a permanently expanded [Child Tax Credit] would yield tremendous immediate and long-term benefits for children and their families and would be unlikely to meaningfully reduce employment. For these reasons, we believe that the benefits of an expanded CTC far outweigh the costs.”

—Diane Schanzenbach and Hilary Hoynes
Letter to Congressional Leaders Supporting the Expansion of the CTC,
signed by more than 460 economists
Working Papers

When the Great Equalizer Shuts Down: Schools, Peers, and Parents in Pandemic Times (WP-20-56)
Francesco Agostinelli, Matthias Doepke, Giuseppe Sorrenti, and Fabrizio Zilibotti

Racial Bias in Perceptions of Disease and Policy (WP-20-57)
Sophie Trawalter, Nana-Bilkisu Habib, and James Druckman

Trauma at School: The Impacts of Shootings on Students’ Human Capital and Economic Outcomes (WP-20-58)
Marika Cabral, Bokyung Kim, Maya Rossin-Slater, Molly Schnell, and Hannes Schwandt

The Family Origin of the Math Gender Gap Is a White Affluent Phenomenon (WP-21-01)
Gaia Dossi, David Figlio, Paola Giuliano, and Paola Sapienza

A Call for Structured Ethics Appendices in Social Science Papers (WP-21-02)
Edward Asiedu, Dean Karlan, Monica Lambon-Quayefio, and Christopher Udry

More Working Papers

IPR’s events for the fall 2021 quarter will be held online. Registration is required to join. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar

Oct. 4: “Abundance: On the Experience of Living in a World of Information Plenty”
Pablo Boczkowski (Comm. Studies/IPR)

Oct. 11: “The Problem of Labor Standards Enforcement: Complaints vs. Compliance with the Minimum Wage”
Daniel Galvin (IPR/Poli. Sci.)

Oct. 18: “Understanding and Encouraging White American Parent-Child Conversations About Race”
Sylvia Perry (IPR/Psych.)

Oct. 25: “The Promise of a School-Based, Trauma-Informed Group Therapy Intervention for Young Women in Chicago: A Randomized Evaluation”
Jonathan Guryan (IPR/SESP)

More IPR Events
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