Poverty, Race, and Inequality
The issues of inequality, poverty, and racism are consistent threads woven throughout IPR faculty research—and have constituted major research themes from the day the Institute first opened its doors. To examine these pernicious problems, faculty researchers cast a wide net, tackling a variety of topics that shed light on gaps in race, socioeconomic status, opportunity, and housing.
A Message From James Rosenbaum, Program Chair
In the program on Race, Poverty, and Inequality, IPR researchers look at various causes of poverty, racism, and inequality and their consequences in the United States, as well as in developing countries around the world. Topics cut across race, education, social status, and more. The researchers’ examinations often overlap with other IPR programs, such as Urban Policy, Social Disparities and Health, and Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies.
Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:
Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan, Elisa Jácome, Santiago Pérez, and Juan David Torres. 2023. Law-Abiding Immigrants: The Incarceration Gap Between Immigrants and the U.S.-Born, 1870–2020 (WP-23-26).
Dean Karlan and Leigh Linden. 2023. Loose Knots: Strong Versus Weak Commitments to Save for Education in Uganda (WP-23-10).
Lasse Brune, Xavier Giné, and Dean Karlan. 2022. Give Me a Pass: Flexible Credit for Entrepreneurs in Colombia (WP-22-52).
Faculty come from the fields of economics, sociology, communication, African American studies, education and social policy, and others.