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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:

Lincoln Quillian and Arnfinn Midtbøen. 2020. Comparative Perspectives on Racial Discrimination in Hiring: The Rise of Field Experiments (WP-20-46).

Marianne Bitler, Hilary Hoynes, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach. 2020. The Social Safety Net in the Wake of COVID-19 (WP-20-43).

Craig Garthwaite, Jordan Keener, Matthew Notowidigdo, and Nicole Ozminkowski. 2020. Who Profits From Amateurism? Rent-Sharing in Modern College Sports (WP-20-42).

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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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College for All: Opportunity or Obligation?

by James Rosenbaum, Professor of Education and Social Policy, and of Sociology (by courtesy), and IPR Fellow; and Ashley Uphoff, IPR Research Study Coordinator

How the Punishment of Black Women and Girls Affects Our Democracy

by Sally Nuamah, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow

The Social Safety Net in the Wake of COVID-19

by Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Margaret Walker Alexander Professor and IPR Director and Fellow

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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