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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:

Robin Bayes, James Druckman, and Alauna Safarpour. 2021. Studying Science Inequities: How to Use Surveys to Study Diverse Populations (WP-21-51).

Robert Kaestner and Ofer Malamud. 2021. Headstrong Girls and Dependent Boys: Gender Differences in the Labor Market Returns to Child Behavior (WP-21-50).

Nathan Baker, Gharad Bryan, Dean Karlan, Angela Ofori-Atta, and Christopher Udry. 2021. Mental Health Therapy as a Core Strategy for Increasing Human Capital: Evidence from Ghana (WP-21-47).

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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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N3 2021 Symposium on Street Outreach

As the country wrestles with a rise in gun violence and urgent calls to rely less on harsh criminal justice strategies to reduce crime, street outreach is becoming an increasingly central violence prevention strategy. This symposium, Advancing the Science and Practice of Street Outreach: Lessons Learned and the Future of Street Outreach in Illinois, highlights emerging research on outreach, featuring the work of local experts who are building the infrastructure to strengthen the field.

Policy Study: Comparative Perspectives on Racial Discrimination in Hiring: The Rise of Field Experiments

In the Annual Review of Sociology, IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian and Arnfinn Midtbøen of the University of Oslo examine more than 140 field experimental studies of discrimination in the hiring of various racial and ethnic groups across 30 countries. Among their key findings, they discover that over the last 25 years, discrimination rates in the United States and the United Kingdom have not changed and that discrimination in hiring against racial and ethnic minorities is a worldwide phenomenon. 

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