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Restoring the American Dream

In his 2023 IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, Harvard economist Raj Chetty discussed his research to systematically trace "the dramatic fading of the American Dream" by pairing big data with innovative models and methodology.

Chetty said his recent research indicates viable policy solutions to promote upward mobility by reducing segregation, investing in places, and recognizing the role of universities and colleges.

New Video Series

Transforming Research to Transform the World

IPR is featured in a new video series detailing Northwestern’s vibrant ecosystem of 35 University-wide institutes and centers that are solving complex problems in innovative ways. “These hubs are the engines of our cross-disciplinary work and attract the best minds from across our schools to take on the biggest challenges, using insights and methods at the intersection of different fields,” said Northwestern’s Vice President for Research Milan Mrksich. Discover more about their society-wide impact and how they are transforming research, as well as IPR’s pioneering work to address real-world policy issues. 

Research News

As Social Lives Resume, a Mental Health Crisis Continues

A new survey by IPR political scientist James Druckman and PhD student Jonathan Schulman finds that the mental health crisis among America’s young adults persists, despite the return of social life.

Awards and Honors

Linda Teplin Elected AAAS Fellow

Behavioral scientist and IPR associate Linda Teplin was elected a 2022 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of her distinguished contributions to public health policy. 

Biosensors Change the Way Water Contamination Is Detected

IPR anthropologist Sera Young and synthetic biologist Julius Lucks have developed a new low-cost test to trace toxic levels of fluoride that can be easily used outside of a lab and accurately interpreted by non-experts.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty explores trends in racial and ethnic discrimination in hiring, how wealth and parenthood are connected, if brokers increase Medicaid enrollment, and how White parents communicate messages about race and racism to their teenage children.

Faculty Insights

"Economists can tally the wealth gap between Black and White families created by centuries of racist policies in the U.S. The stark health inequities caused by systemic racism are harder to put a dollar value on, but they are another historic injustice that merits reparations."
Working Papers

IPR has 65 working papers in its series for 2022 and 2023, covering topics such as the effectiveness of government audits, how members of different political parties interact with social media content, and challenges in measuring expertise diversity. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our working papers here.
IPR Working Papers

All IPR events are being held in person this quarter. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

April 10: "What Is the University-Student Contract?"
Max Schanzenbach (Pritzker/IPR)

April 17: "The Tribal Constitutions Project"
Beth Redbird (IPR/Sociology/CNAIR)

April 24: "Partisan Differences in the Use, Trust, and Funding of Science in the United States"
Alexander Furnas (Kellogg/IPR)

April 26: "Why Don't White Parents Talk to Their Children About Race?" 
Sylvia Perry (IPR/Psychology) 
Hosted by One Book One Northwestern, registration encouraged. 

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