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Three Puzzles in the Study of Inequality
July 5, 2016
Social Science Research Council—Items
By Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government.
First in a series of essays from the Social Science Research Council that reflect on how university-based programs and institutes promote research and training on inequality. Hochschild, who served as acting director of the Inequality & Social Policy program in 2015-2016, outlines how the Harvard program provides both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives for the study of inequality and social policy. 

Hochschild then discusses three understudied substantive dimensions of inequality that demand further attention from students of social policy: deeper knowledge of those at top of the socioeconomic ladder, the relationship between economic and political inequalities, and better understanding of the trade-offs involved when inequality increases within historically marginalized groups.
Where are the Jobs?, v. 2.0. Now with earnings data
Robert Manduca, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, has released a new version of his 'Where are the Jobs?' data visualization, now with earnings data.

These interactive maps depict nearly every single job in the United States, one dot per job. Each plotted job is color-coded by sector and by earnings, allowing exploration of the spatial distribution of employment and pay in fine detail. The new maps also include previously unavailable data for Massachusetts.

Manduca's research interests in this area focus on local economic development—how cities and regions can promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Learn more about his work:
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Roland Fryer Answers Reader Questions About His Police Force Study
July 12, 2016
The New York Times | Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics responds to reader questions about his new NBER working paper covered in yesterday's New York Times.

Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings
July 11, 2016
The New York Times | Coverage of new NBER working paper by Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics: "A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where, and when they encounter the police. But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias."
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Research: Black Judges Are Reversed On Appeal More Than White Judges
July 12, 2016
NPR Morning Edition | Interview with Maya Sen, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School [transcript and audio]. View this and related research at Sen's website.

United States Health Care Reform: Progress and Next Steps
July 11, 2016
JAMA | By Barack Obama, JD.
President Obama becomes the first president to publish in JAMA. With accompanying editorial responses by Stuart Butler, Peter Orszag, Jonathan Skinner and Amitabh Chandra, and JAMA Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD. Amitabh Chandra is Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Study Supports Suspicion That Police Are More Likely to Use Force on Blacks
July 8, 2016
The New York Times | Quotes Phillip Atiba Goff on the findings of "The Science of Justice: Race, Arrests, and the Use of Force," a new study that assembled and analyzed detailed use-of-force data from the nation's first national database on police behavior. Goff, a visiting scholar at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy from 2014-2016, is co-founder and president of the Center for Policing Equity, which released the report, and the Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Tracey (Shollenberger) Lloyd (Ph.D. '15), a research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, is a co-author of the study.
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What can we do to prevent the next killing?
July 8, 2016
Urban Institute | By Steven Brown, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and an affiliated scholar with the Urban Institute.

Can Americans hold ourselves together as a people?
July 8, 2016
Washington Post | By Danielle Allen, Professor of Government. "We cannot be a people and be at war with ourselves. The war on drugs must end," writes Allen.

  • A declaration against the war on drugs
    July 3, 2016
    Washington Post | By Danielle Allen, Professor of Government. "The history of the present War on Drugs is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having as a direct consequence the severing of the connection between African Americans and the rest of the American polity," writes Allen.
When Urbanization Doesn't Help
July 10, 2016
The Atlantic—CityLab | While some nations have seen rapid urbanization lead to economic progress, others have fallen behind. Discusses new study by Edward Glaeser and colleagues that compares the process of urbanization in three of the world’s largest emerging economies—Brazil, China, and India—to that of the United States. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard.

"What is different about urbanization in rich and poor countries? Cities in Brazil, China, India and the United States," is forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Economics.
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Would Donald Trump Quit if He Wins the Election?
July 7, 2016
The New York Times | Alexander Keyssar, who is working on a book on the Electoral College, explains that if Trump were to quit, the process of succession would depend on “the precise moment at which he said, ‘Nah, never mind.'" Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
How Anti-Growth Sentiment, Reflected in Zoning Laws, Thwarts Equality
July 3, 2016
The New York Times | "A growing body of economic literature suggests that anti-growth sentiment, when multiplied across countless unheralded local development battles, is a major factor in creating a stagnant and less equal American economy." Quotes Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11), Associate Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and cites his research with Peter Ganong, who recently earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and joins the University of Chicago Harris School faculty in 2017.
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Women Working Longer
July 3, 2016
Forbes | Covers new study and recent NBER conference organized by economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, Women Working Longer. The conference explored the growing numbers of women working full-time into their sixties and seventies, and the family and financial implications of this change.
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MP Andrew Leigh reelected for third term
July 3, 2016
The Sydney Morning Herald | Labor MP Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04) won his third term representing Canberra's north, clinching 65.8 percent of the two-party vote and a 3.3 percent swing.

A Middle-Class Stronghold's Uncertain Future
July 2, 2016
The Atlantic | Quotes Elisabeth Jacobs (Ph.D. '08), Senior Director for Policy and Academic Programs, Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

What an Affordable Housing Moonshot Would Look Like
July 1, 2016
Slate | Too many Americans live on the edge of eviction, writes reporter Jake Blumgart. Could a universal housing voucher program fix the problem? Discusses work by Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016).

Are Nurse Strikes Worse for Patients Than Doctor Strikes?
July 1, 2016
Slate | By Ray Fishman (Boston University) and Michael Luca (HBS). Studies suggest we may be undervaluing the contributions of nurses, write Fishman and Luca.
The Roots of Brexit
June 28, 2016
Foreign Affairs | By Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard and a Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.

The Brexit referendum: Britain between the past and the future
June 24, 2016
Washington Post | By Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. "The June 23 referendum is not the end but the beginning of what will be a long and torturous story, in which the political divisions in Britain laid bare by this vote will rise to the surface again over issues of national identity and routes to prosperity," writes Hall.

After Brexit, a changed future
June 24, 2016
Harvard Gazette | Harvard analysts assess Brexit's implications, including Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies. "Euro-skeptical parties on the radical right and left of the political spectrum have been encouraged by the British vote to demand similar referenda in their own countries,” Hall said. “But mainstream political leaders are anxious to prevent this. They can only do so if they retain power, and that will be their first priority.  They can only do so if they can revive economic growth in Europe and limit the backlash against immigration. That will be very difficult to do.”

Brexit voters missed the lesson of 1776
June 28, 2016
Washington Post | By Danielle Allen, Professor of Government.
Trump Syllabus 2.0
June 28, 2016
Public Books | By N.D.B. Connolly (Johns Hopkins University) and Keisha N. Blain (University of Iowa). Featuring work and contributions by Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Connolly and Blain provide the background: "On June 19th, the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a web version of a mock college syllabus that sought to explore the deep historical and political roots of Donald Trump’s political success during the 2016 Presidential campaign. The syllabus suffered from a number of egregious omissions and inaccuracies—[detailed in a public letter signed by nearly 350 scholars, which ran in the Chronicle on June 23]—including its failures to include contributions of scholars of color and address the critical subjects of racism, sexism, and xenophobia on which Trump has built his candidacy."

The Violence of Eviction
June 28, 2016
Dissent | Review essay by Mike Konczal explores Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond of Harvard, and Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, by David Dayen.

Summer jobs boost employment skills, academic aspirations, study finds
June 27, 2016
Boston Globe | New study by Alicia Sasser Modestino (Ph.D. '01) of Northeastern University and Trinh Nguyen of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development for the City of Boston. Modestino is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, which released the study, titled "The Potential for Summer Youth Employment Programs to Reduce Inequality."
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In Search of a Felon-Friendly Workplace
June 25, 2016
The New York Times | Quotes Devah Pager, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, on the inadequacy of existing prison-to-work programs for ex-offenders.

How Can a Nudge Save a Life?
June 24, 2016
NPR TED Radio Hour | Talk by Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics at Harvard. [Video and audio: 18 minutes].

Donald Trump is Wrong: Campaigns Matter
June 24, 2016
Pacific Standard | Coverage of new research by Ryan Enos, Associate Professor of Government, and Anthony Fowler of University of Chicago finds that “contrary to some expectations, large-scale campaigns can significantly increase the size and composition of the voting population, rather than simply mobilizing a small fraction of voters on the margin.” Their article is forthcoming in Political Science Research and Methods.
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Who is affirmative action for?
June 23, 2016
Boston Globe | By Natasha Kumar Warikoo (Ph.D. '05), Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Why ultimately the narrow diversity defense of affirmative action is harmful, Warikoo argues. Draws from her forthcoming book based on research with undergraduates at Ivy League universities, The Diversity Bargain (University of Chicago Press).

New Laws for the New 'Gig Economy'
June 23, 2016
WBUR - On Point | Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics; Gillian White of The Atlantic; and Seth Harris, former deputy U.S. Labor Secretary and former acting U.S. Labor Secretary guest.

Please Don't Take Away My Autistic Son's Treatment
June 23, 2016
Wall Street Journal | By Paul E. Peterson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government.

Challenges in Measuring Regulatory Capture
June 22, 2016
RegBlog | By Daniel Carpenter, Allie S. Freed Professor of Government. "An executive order setting out clear criteria by which to measure regulatory capture would help provide much needed clarity and guidance for agencies and those tasked with assessing their behavior," writes Carpenter. This essay is part of a 15-part series, Rooting Out Regulatory Capture.

How And Why Conservatives Are Trying To Bring Colorado Latinos Into Their Fold
June 22, 2016
Colorado Public Radio | Quotes Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, who leads a team of researchers studying Libre and other advocacy groups and organizations operating around the Democratic and Republican parties. [text and audio: 5 minutes]

For more on the Libre Initiative, see the factual brief by Angie Bautista-Chavez (Ph.D. student in Government) and Sarah James (Ph.D. student in Government & Social Policy), produced for the Scholars Strategy Network.
Why Diversity Programs Fail
June 21, 2016
Harvard Business Review | By Frank Dobbin (Professor of Sociology) and Alexandra Kalev (Tel Aviv University). "Companies are basically doubling down on the same approaches they’ve used since the 1960s—which often make things worse, not better," the authors argue. "The very good news is that we know what does work—we just need to do more of it."

What Makes Teams Tick
June 21, 2016
Harvard Magazine | New findings by Michèle Lamont and co-authors Veronica Boix Mansilla and Kyoko Sato on what makes for successful interdisciplinary collaborations. Lamont is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies at Harvard.

When Workers Become Owners
June 21, 2016
No Jargon Podcast—Ep. 38 | Harvard economist Richard Freeman joins Joseph Blasi and Douglas Kruse of Rutgers University to explain how sharing the ownership or profits of a company with workers can improve productivity, pay, and work life quality—all while reducing economic inequality. No Jargon presents interviews with top university scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation.

Bonus: Jump on the Bandwagon
June 21, 2016
No Jargon Podcast—Ep. 38 | Harvard economist Richard Freeman and Joseph Blasi and Douglas Kruse of Rutgers University stay post-interview to discuss why trade unions, business schools, and foundations should get on board with employee ownership and profit sharing programs.

Two Black Members of Congress condemn racism on Airbnb
June 21, 2016 | Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D- NC), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) have issued a public letter calling on the CEO of Airbnb to address issues of discrimination on its platform. The letter specifically urges consideration of practical measures suggested by Michael Luca, Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School, in a recent article in the Washington Post. The article also highlights the findings of Luca's study with HBS colleagues Benjamin Edelman and Dan Svirsky, "Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment."
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See also
  • Black Caucus urges Airbnb to take reports of racism seriously
    June 16, 2016
    TechCrunch | The Congressional Black Caucus has called on AirbnB take further action in addressing the issues of racism and discrimination on its platform, including measures like those suggested by HBS Assistant Professor Michael Luca in a recent Washington Post article. 

With Trump in the Race, the Battleground is Everywhere
June 21, 2016
FiveThirtyEight | New research by political scientists Bernard Fraga (Ph.D '13) of Indiana University and Eitan Hersh of Yale University finds, surprisingly, that nearly the entire U.S. has experienced very close electoral contests in recent years. "For readers who take comfort in the stability in competition that has characterized recent presidential elections," writes Hersh, "gird yourself."
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'If the goal was to get rid of poverty, we failed': the legacy of the 1996 welfare reform
June 20, 2016
Vox | In-depth look at welfare reform 20 years on. Quoted or featured in the piece: Mary Jo Bane, David Ellwood, Christopher Jencks, and William Julius Wilson, all of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Inside the donor network: Studies unravel the influence of money in politics— on the right and left
June 18, 2016
Salon | Research highlights from the workshop, Purchasing Power? The Next Generation of Research on Money and Politics, featuring new research by Harvard's Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and by Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Ph.D. '16), Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University. The workshop was organized by the Scholars Strategy Network, which is directed by Theda Skocpol, and hosted by the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation in New York City, June 16-17, 2016.
The big change that could help poor people move to lower poverty neighborhoods
June 17, 2016
Washington Post | Quotes and cites research of Eva Rosen (Ph.D. '14), now a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Also cites research by faculty affiliate Matthew Desmond and Kristin L. Perkins (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy), and by Robert Collinson and Peter Ganong (Harvard Ph.D. '16, now Chicago Harris School of Public Policy).

Why careers are gone, and jobs are going next
June 17, 2016
Marketplace | Quotes Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, and cites his research with Alan Krueger documenting the rise of alternative work arrangements in the US.
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Muslim Immigrants Have No Trouble Assimilating, Mr. Trump
June 17, 2016
BloombergView | Column quotes Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology. Waters chaired the National Academy of Sciences panel on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society, which issued its report, also cited in the article, in fall 2015.

How effective is 'ban the box' in helping ex-offenders get a job?
June 16, 2016
Politico | Cites recent study by Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11), Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
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Stagnationists are Simply Wrong
June 16, 2016
Forbes | By Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09), Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
Illustration by Piotr Lesniak/The New Republic
The Split: 19 reasons the Democrats will remain divided—and what it means for the party's future
June 14, 2016
The New Republic | To help make sense of what’s causing the split, and where it’s headed, The New Republic turned to 23 leading historians, political scientists, pollsters, artists, and activists.  
Featuring Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Danielle Allen, Professor of Government and Social Policy.

Primary Concerns Episode 17: Two Houses Divided
June 16, 2016
The New Republic  | Audio interview with political scientists Theda Skocpol of Harvard and Dave Hopkins of Boston College, who discuss the ideological rift in the Democratic Party and its implications. Skocpol is a contributor to The New Republic's accompanying cover story, "The Split". Their segment begins shortly after the 23 minute mark.

When it comes to subprime lending, both race and space matter
June 14, 2016
Work in Progress: The public sociology blog of the American Sociological Association
By Jackelyn Hwang (Ph.D. '15, now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University) , Michael Hankinson (Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy), and Kreg Steven Brown (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology). A summary of the authors' research on "Racial and Spatial Targeting", which originally appeared in the journal Social Forces. 

After Mass Shootings, It's Often Easier to Buy a Gun
June 14, 2016
The New York Times | Discusses recent study by faculty affiliate Michael Luca, Deepak Malhotra, and Christopher Poliquin, all of Harvard Business School. Luca and colleagues find a 15% increase in the introduction of gun-related bills in state legislatures following a mass shooting, but no statistically significant increase in gun laws enacted in either Democrat-led or divided state legislatures. In contrast, in states with Republican-controlled legislatures, they find a 75% increase in laws passed to loosen gun restrictions. 
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The Debatable Premise Underlying Paul Ryan’s Antipoverty Plan
June 14, 2016
The New York Times | Quotes Christopher Wimer (Ph.D. '07), co-director of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University.

When passengers air their fury
June 13, 2016
Harvard Gazette | What might microcosms of inequality—like that experienced by air passengers—reveal about how societal income and wealth inequality play out in everyday life? New study by social psychologist Michael I. Norton of Harvard Business School and Katherine A. DeCelles of University of Toronto examines episodes of "air rage" to shed light on the social behavioral consequences of inequality.
View the research in PNAS

Teaching the Teachers
June 11, 2016
The Economist | Cites and quotes Thomas Kane, Walter S. Gale Professor of Education: "Thomas Kane of Harvard University estimates that if African-American children were all taught by the top 25% of teachers, the gap between blacks and whites would close within eight years. He adds that if the average American teacher were as good as those at the top quartile the gap in test scores between America and Asian countries would be closed within four years."

Also highlights work of Roland Fryer, Henry Lee Professor of Economics: "In a vast study published in March, Roland Fryer of Harvard University found that “managed professional development”, where teachers receive precise instruction together with specific, regular feedback under the mentorship of a lead teacher, had large positive effects."

Loi Sapin 2 : moderniser l'économie, comment l'entendez-vous?
June 11, 2016
France Culture | Alexandra Roulet, Ph.D. candidate in Economics, guests on 'L'Economie en questions' to discuss France's proposed Sapin 2 Law, which seeks tightened anti-corruption measures to enhance transparency and modernization of the economy. [Audio, in French, 29 minutes].
Photo: Jason Grow for the Wall Street Journal
In Pursuit of Political Equality
June 10, 2016
Wall Street Journal | Profile of political theorist Danielle Allen and a discussion of her new book, Equality and Education, which is being released this month by University of Chicago Press. Allen is Professor of Government and of Education and director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard.

When Muhammad Ali endorsed Ronald Reagan
June 10, 2016
Washington Post | By Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. Americans were caught off guard, but the move reflected the complexity of the legendary champion’s public life, writes Rigueur.
High Earners Are Going to Hate These Retirement Proposals
June 9, 2016
Bloomberg | A 146-page report on how to fix Social Security and more. Results and policy proposals from the two-year Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. Brigitte Madrian, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School, served on the commission.
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Mehta Named Radcliffe Institute Fellow
June 9, 2016
Harvard Graduate School of Education | What Associate Professor Jal Mehta (Ph.D. '06) will be working on as a Radcliffe Institute fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.

What You Need to Know from the New CBO Income Figures
June 8, 2016
Forbes | By Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09), Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

How Location Affects Economic and Educational Prospects
June 7, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School | Analyzing data on more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans interned during World War II, HKS Assistant Professor Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11) and co-author Nicholas Carollo (UCLA) provide new evidence on the causal effect of place. They find that camp assignment had large and lasting effects on long-term locations, on individual economic outcomes, and on economic outcomes in subsequent generations.
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Anthony Jack: A New Voice for Diversity in Higher Ed
June 7, 2016
Harvard Alumni for Education (HAEd) | Interview with Anthony Abraham Jack (Ph.D. '16), now Harvard Society of Fellows. "What I’m showing is that two students who come from similar backgrounds are experiencing college so differently. Why? And what are colleges doing to magnify those differences? Because the whole story is not just differences between the middle class and the working class. There are differences between those who have access to a middle class way of life and those who do not."

The Ambitious And Distinctive House GOP Antipoverty And Opportunity Agenda
June 7, 2016
Forbes | By Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09), Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
The Tale of Two Cities: Inequality and Global Cities
June 3, 2016
Chicago Council of Global Affairs | Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, participated in a plenary panel on urban inequality at the second annual Chicago Forum on Global Cites, hosted by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and the Financial Times. [Text and event video]


Devah Pager named to W.T. Grant Foundation Board of Trustees
July 1, 2016
Devah Pager, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Director of the Inequality & Social Policy program, will join the William T. Grant Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2017. 

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in research focused on reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence to improve the lives of young people in the United States.

Pager is a former William T. Grant Scholar, a program that recognizes promising early career researchers in the in the social, behavioral, and health sciences and supports their professional development with five-year research awards. Other W.T. Grant Scholars include Inequality & Social Policy alumni David Deming (Ph.D. '10, now a Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education), Laura Tach (Ph.D. '09, now Cornell University), and Patrick Sharkey (Ph.D. '07, now NYU), and faculty affiliate Matthew Desmond of the Harvard Sociology Department.
Jeremy Levine receives two ASA awards for outstanding paper
July 11, 2016
Jeremy Levine, Ph.D. '16 in Sociology, is the recipient of two American Sociological Association section awards for best graduate student paper in Community and Urban Sociology and in Political Sociology. The paper, forthcoming in the American Sociological Review, is titled "The Privatization of Political Representation: Community-Based Organizations as Nonelected Neighborhood Representatives.”

Levine joins the University of Michigan faculty as Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies in September. Learn more about Levine's work at his website.
Ellora Derenoncourt awarded Louis O. Kelso fellowship
July 1, 2016
Ellora Derenoncourt, Ph.D. candidate in Economics, is the recipient of a Louis O. Kelso fellowship from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations for 2016-2017. Rutgers has selected 30 fellows to study broad-based employee ownership and profit-sharing in corporations. Derenoncourt will research the effects of differential levels of employee ownership benefits on employee satisfaction and quit rates.
Jacqueline Rivers named a W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellow, 2016-2017
July 1, 2016
Awardee | Jacqueline Rivers (Ph.D. '15) 
The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University has announced its fourth class of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows. Rivers, who holds a  Ph.D. in African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard,  will work on a project titled The Power of Racial Socialization: A Form of Non-Elite Cultural Capital.
Distinguished Career Award: ASA International Migration Section
June 18, 2016
Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association's Section on International Migration. Waters will receive the award in a ceremony on August 23 at the ASA Annual Meeting in Seattle.
John Harvard's Journal: Students' Choice
June 17, 2016
Harvard Magazine
James Biblarz, Ph.D. student in Sociology and Social Policy and a tutor in Eliot House, received the Undergraduate Council’s John R. Marquand Prize for exceptional advising and counseling. The prize, awarded annually in May, recognizes an individual "who contributes to the quality of undergraduate life and education," with a focus on those who bring "skill and generosity in advising, counseling, and helping students.”
Jennifer Lerner is first behavioral scientist named to U.S. Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel
June 16, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School
Jennifer Lerner, Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, has been named to the U.S. Secretary to the Navy Advisory Panel (SNAP).
APSA Heinz Eulau Award
June 8, 2016
Ariel R. White (Ph.D. '16), now Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT, and co-authors Noah L. Nathan and Julie K. Faller are the recipients of the American Political Science Association's Heinz I. Eulau Award for best article published in the American Political Science Review in the past calendar year. All were Ph.D. candidates in Government at the time of publication.

For their article, "What do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials," the authors carried out a field experiment in which they contacted over 7,000 local election officials in 48 states responsible for providing information to voters and implementing voter ID laws. They found that election officials were significantly less likely to respond to emails sent from Latino aliases and provided responses of lower quality than they did when replying to non-Latino white aliases.  
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Brigitte Madrian joins CFPB Academic Research Council
May 20, 2016
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In prepared remarks, CFPB Director Richard Cordray welcomed new members Brigitte Madrian (Harvard) and Ian Ayres (Yale) to CFPB's Academic Research Council and highlighted the importance of consumer finance as an area of economics and policy. Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at Harvard Kennedy School.
Jeffrey Liebman appointed to new federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
April 18, 2016
Jeffrey Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy, has been appointed by Senate Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to the federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which was enacted into law in March 2016. The law establishes a 15-member commission to study how best to expand and coordinate the use of federal administrative data to evaluate the effectiveness of federal programs. (See American Statistical Association community website for list of appointees to date).

See also: Urban Institute
"Everything you need to know about the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking."

New & forthcoming books

Urban Citizenship and American Democracy

Edited by Amy Bridges & Michael Javen Fortner (Ph.D. '10). 

Published by SUNY Press (Jun 2016).

Chapter 1
Urban Autonomy and Effective Citizenship, by Michael Javen Fortner, Assistant Professor and Academic Director for Urban Studies at the Murphy Institute (CUNY).

Chapter 7
Two Cheers for American Cities: Commentary on Urban Citizenship and American Democracy, by Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, Harvard University.

View at Project Muse
Book chapters available in PDF format for institutional subscribers to Project Muse.
The Diversity Bargain
and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities

By Natasha K. Warikoo (Ph.D. '05), Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press (Oct 2016).
We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative

By George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Company (Oct 2016).

New academic publications by Ph.D. fellows

Perkins, Kristin L., Michael J. Lear, and Elyzabeth Gaumer. Forthcoming. “Concentrated Foreclosure Activity and Distressed Properties in New York City.” Urban Affairs Review.

Desmond, Matthew, and Kristin L. Perkins. 2016. “Are Landlords Overcharging Housing Voucher Holders?” City and Community 15 (2): 137-162

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