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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

James Rosenbaum

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.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Tal Gross, Raymond Kluender, Feng Liu, Matthew Notowidigdo, and Jialan Wang. 2019. The Economic Consequences of Bankruptcy Reform (WP-19-24).

James Druckman and Elizabeth Sharrow. 2019. How Institutions and Social Identity Affect Policy Change: The Case of College Sports (WP-19-22).

Ridhi Kashyap and Julia Behrman . 2019. Female Disadvantage in Under-Five Mortality in India: Measuring Explicit Gender Discrimination Using Data on Twins (WP-19-10).

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Faculty Experts

Faculty come from the fields of economics, sociology, communication, African American studies, education and social policy, and others.

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Policy Study: Do Some Countries Discriminate More than Others? Evidence from 97 Field Experiments of Racial Discrimination in Hiring

A recent meta-analysis on hiring discrimination by IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian and his colleagues finds pervasive evidence of it against all non-white groups in all nine countries they examined. Yet some countries discriminate more than others—and certain laws and institutional practices might explain why.

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