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How do beliefs about intergenerational mobility affect preferences for redistribution?

Several press articles delved into a new study by Harvard economists Alberto Alesina, Stefanie Stantcheva, and Edoardo Teso (Ph.D. candidate in Political Economy and Government).

Stantcheva will be presenting this work in the Harvard Inequality Seminar this coming Monday, Feb 13, 2017.
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Media coverage

Americans have been lying to themselves about the economy for way too long
January 18, 2017
Washington Post
"We find that this idea of the American Dream, going from rags to riches, is really salient in people’s minds,” Stantcheva said. “In the U.S., people are too optimistic about intergenerational mobility, particularly about the chances of making it from the very bottom to the very top.” Such perceptions — or misperceptions, as the case may be — are important because they may influence how we think about government programs such as the social safety net or public education.
Data show the 'American Dream' is a fallacy, and Americans still don't realize it
January 13, 2017

Remarkably, faith in the American dream may be stronger in the very places where social mobility is weakest
January 13, 2017
Fast Company

The Dark Side of American Optimism
January 19, 2017
The Atlantic
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When Do Renters Behave Like Homeowners? High Rent, Price Anxiety, and NIMBYism
February 7, 2017
JCHS Housing Perspectives | By Michael Hankinson, Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy. Hankinson's findings, "based on new national-level experimental data and city-specific behavioral explain why it is so hard to build new housing in expensive cities even when there is citywide support for that housing." Read more from the full paper, which appears in the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies Working Paper series, and learn more about Hankinson's work at his website.
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Blame Monopolies for Short-Changing U.S. Workers
January 26, 2017
Bloomberg View | Discusses new study by David Autor (MIT), David Dorn (University of Zurich), Lawrence Katz (Harvard), Christina Patterson (MIT), and John Van Reenen (MIT), which explores the relationship between market concentration and labor's falling share of GDP. The work is forthcoming in American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings.
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What four types of American nationalism can tell us about Trump voters
February 6, 2017
Washington Post | By Bart Bonikowski (Harvard) and Paul DiMaggio (NYU). Trump appeals to American nationalism, but which one? Based on the authors' research, "Varieties of American Popular Nationalism," recently published in the American Sociological Review.
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Yes, signing those petitions makes a difference — even if they don’t change Trump’s mind
February 3, 2017
Washington Post | By Daniel Carpenter, Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and Director of the Social Sciences at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Learn more about his research project on The Petition and Republican Government:
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A Harvard study identified the precise reason protests are an effective way to cause political change
February 3, 2017
Quartz | Political protests in the first days of the Trump administration generate new interest in a study by Daniel Shoag (Ph.D.'11), Associate Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, and colleagues Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University), Stan Veuger (American Enterprise Institute), and David Yanagizawa-Drott (University of Zurich). The study, published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in November 2013, seeks to determine whether protests actually cause political change, or whether they are "merely symptoms of underlying shifts in policy preferences."
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Can Marches Become a Movement?
February 2, 2017
Democracy | Interview with Theda Skocpol, who lays out the lessons the Tea Party movement holds for the left today. Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard and co-author with Vanessa Williamson (Ph.D. '15) of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Yes, marches can make a difference. It depends on these three factors.
January 27, 2017
Washington Post | By Shom Mazumder, Ph.D. candidate in Government. It turns out that social science has a lot to say about which protests are likely to be effective. Here's what Mazumder's research found. Read more about his work at his website:

A resistance movement made in America
January 26, 2017
Radio Open Source | Among the guests, Vanessa Williamson (Ph.D. '15), Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and co-author (with Theda Skocpol) of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (Oxford University Press, 2012).
A Look Back At Other Marches In History, And What They Accomplished
January 22, 2017
NPR Weekend Edition | Historian Leah Wright Rigueur of the Harvard Kennedy School discusses the significance of yesterday's Women's March on Washington and how it compares to other marches in history [audio + transcript].

How the Women’s March Could Have a Lasting Historical Impact
January 19, 2017
Teen Vogue | By Vanessa Williamson (Ph.D. '15), Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution. We can be our democracy’s best defense, if we learn from our history, writes Williamson.

Academic economists launch EconoFact
EconoFact launched on January 20 as "a non-partisan [web-based] publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies."

Posts are written by leading academic economists from across the country who belong to the EconoFact Network—a group that includes Inequality & Social Policy alumni David Deming (Ph.D. '10), Nora Gordon (Ph.D. '02), and Tara Watson (Ph.D. '03). EconoFact is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Revoking trade deals will not help American middle classes
February 5, 2017
Financial Times | By Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University. (This column also appears in the Washington Post).

What is Donald Trump's Foreign Policy?
February 4, 2017
Al Jazeera Inside Story  | Joining the discussion, Leah Wright Rigueur of the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Ivy League's Gender Pay-Gap Problem
February 2, 2017
The Atlantic | Features insights of Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee  Professor of Economics. Cites research, joint with Marianne Bertrand (University of Chicago) and Lawrence Katz (Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics), published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2010), which examined the dynamics of the gender gap for young professionals in the financial and corporate sectors. Also cites Goldin and Katz study, "The Cost of Workplace Flexibility for High-Powered Professionals," published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2011).

Under New Administration, Small Measures Could Foster Big Change
February 1, 2017
Education Next | By Martin R. West (Ph.D. '06), Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education. What to expect in education from President Trump.

Immigrant Shock: Can California Predict the Nation’s Future?
February 1, 2017
The New York Times

Cites research from a coming book by Ryan Enos, Associate Professor of Government at Harvard. Also cites Daniel Hopkins (Ph.D. '07), Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard. 

Ryan Enos provides the details of his analysis in a short research note, "Changes in Hispanic Population and Voting in the 2016 Presidential Election."
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Open letter from political scientists clarifies evidence concerning Trump claim that millions of non-citizens voted in 2016 election
January 30, 2017
An open letter signed by nearly 200 professional political scientists and scholars of political behavior, including Harvard professor Ryan D. Enos and Inequality & Social Policy alumni Bernard Fraga PhD'13 (Indiana University), Alex Hertel-Fernandez PhD'16 (Columbia University), Jeremy Levine PhD'16 (University of Michigan), Daniel Schlozman PhD'11 (Johns Hopkins University), Ariel White PhD'16 (MIT), and Vanessa Williamson PhD'15 (Brookings Institution).

Sorry, Working From Home Isn't the Future of Job Flexibility
January 30, 2017
Bloomberg | Highlights new study by Harvard economist Amanda Pallais and Alexandre Mas of Princeton, "Valuing Alternative Work Arrangements." Also discusses work of Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, on jobs that may allow greater flexibility in hours without sacrificing pay.
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Strengthening results-focused government: Strategies to build on bipartisan progress in evidence-based policy
January 30, 2017
Brookings Institution | By Andrew R. Feldman (Ph.D. '07). Feldman is a Visiting Fellow in the Center on Children and Families in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution and a researcher with the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative.
American Political Science Association issues statement regarding President Trump's executive order 'Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States'
January 30, 2017
American Political Science Association | A statement issued by the American Political Science Association. Harvard's Jennifer Hochschild, past-president of APSA, is a signatory to the letter.

American Sociological Association issues statement concerning Trump administration activities
January 30, 2017
American Sociological Association | A statement by the American Sociological Association in response to the Trump administration's activities, including its Executive Order restricting entry into the United States for people from seven majority-Muslim countries. Harvard's Michèle Lamont currently serves as president of the ASA.

Trials for a global university
January 30, 2017
Harvard Gazette | With travel to U.S. banned from some nations, Harvard moves to support members of its international community. President Drew Faust's letter to the Harvard community and responses from across the University, including that of Dean Douglas Elmendorf of the Harvard Kennedy School.

The academy and the marketplace: The effects of foreign competition on professors of mathematics
January 28, 2017
The Economist | Delves into new study by George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and coauthors Kirk Doran and Ying Shen of the University of Notre Dame, which examines the productivity of American mathematicians following the influx of Chinese graduate students from China's liberalization in 1978. The study is forthcoming in the Journal of Human Resources.
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It's Time to Think for Yourself on Free Trade
January 27, 2017
Foreign Policy | By Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. What economists and populists both get wrong about the international economy.

Pressure From Trump May Delay a Factory’s Exit, but It Won’t Stop It
January 27, 2017
The New York Times | Economic View column by Justin Wolfers (Ph.D. '01), Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan.
Does Big Money Make for Dark Politics?
January 27, 2017
WGBH Innovation Hub | A conversation with Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Jane Mayer, journalist and author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
The Piketty Opportunity: Event video
January 26, 2017
LSE International Inequalities Institute (III) | This event marked the publication of The Contradictions of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a volume of essays that builds upon the renewed interest in wealth and inequality stimulated by the work of Thomas Piketty. Editors and authors Patricia Hudson, Avner Offer and Keith Tribe were joined by discussants Torben Iversen (Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy at Harvard and an LSE Centennial Professor) and Tasha Fairfield (LSE International Development), and associates of the LSE III to discuss inequality in an international context. Chaired by Mike Savage, Co-director of the International Inequalities Institute and Professor of Sociology at LSE.

  • Torben Iversen is co-author (joint with Harvard's James Alt) of "Inequality, Labor Market Segmentation, and Preferences for Redistribution," now out in the American Journal of Political Science (Jan 2017 issue).
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Feel Better About American Divisiveness By Comparing Ourselves To Other Countries
January 26, 2017
WGBH Radio | Psychologist Michael Norton of Harvard Business School joined Boston Public Radio to discuss his new study, which highlights our country’s ability to tolerate and accept other belief systems better than many others.
The Simple Reform That Improved Black Students' Earnings
January 26, 2017
The Atlantic | When states began to require more math courses, black high-school graduates began to see bigger paychecks. Delves into new NBER paper by Joshua Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. Goodman found that the return to an additional math course for a student at the margin is 10 percent, "roughly half the return to a year of high school." His paper concludes that "Rigorous standards for quantitative coursework can close meaningful portions of racial gaps in economic outcomes."
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See also The Research on Charter Schools: An Introduction
January 25, 2017
Education Next  | Interview with Joshua S. Goodman and Paul E. Peterson. Joshua Goodman is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Paul Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Kennedy School’s Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG). Interview conducted by Doug Gavel of the Harvard Kennedy School.
Study Finds That Single Women Downplay Professional Ambitions around Men
January 25, 2017
Fortune | Digs into new study by Harvard's Amanda Pallais, author of a new study (joint with Leonardo Bursztyn of University of Chicago and Thomas Fujiwara of Princeton), "'Acting Wife': Marriage Market Incentives and Labor Market Investments," based on two field experiments carried out in an elite MBA program.
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Here’s What Works for Teacher Accountability
January 24, 2017
Education Week | Op-ed by Brian Gill and Jennifer Lerner draws on the implications of behavioral science for accountability in schools. Gill is a senior fellow at Mathematical Policy Research. Lerner is a  professor within the Management, Leadership, and Decision Science Area at the Harvard Kennedy School, and co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. The research on which this essay is based appeared in the fall 2016 issue of the journal Behavioral Science and Policy.
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What the Trump Administration Should Know about Cities: Inequality
January 24, 2017
Urban Affairs Forum | By George Galster, Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University. First in a series sponsored by Urban Affairs Review, Galster's essay summarizes the empirical evidence on segregation, geographic inequalities, and opportunity, including research by Inequality & Social Policy affiliates Edward Glaeser, David Hureau (Ph.D. '16), Nathaniel Hendren, Christopher Jencks, Lawrence Katz, Ann Owens (Ph.D. '12), Robert J. Sampson, and Patrick Sharkey (Ph.D. '07).

Here's who should really pay for Trump's new roads and bridges
January 24, 2017
CNBC | By Edward L. Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. "If President Trump wants to seriously improve American infrastructure spending," writes Glaeser, "he should champion a new federalism for transportation, in which infrastructure is funded by states, localities and especially the users themselves."
Putting Families First
January 24, 2017
National University of Singapore News | Coverage of Mary C. Brinton's distinguished public lecture, "Postindustrial Low Fertility in Europe and East Asia: Lessons for Singapore," and discussion with Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo. Delivered at the National University of Singapore in January. Brinton is Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology at Harvard.

See also Is global equality the enemy of national equality?
January 22, 2017
Dani Rodrik's weblog | By Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy Harvard Kennedy School. For more on this question, read the full paper.
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Lest We Forget
January 20, 2017
Moyers & Company | Four historians and political scientists "dissect the big lie Trump rode to power: the Birther lie." Featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Neil Painter (Princeton University); Christopher Lebron (Yale University); and Philip Klinkner (Hamilton College). [Video + transcript]

Is the American Dream Really Dead?
January 19, 2017
Freakonomics Radio | Guest Raj Chetty of Stanford University discusses his work with Harvard's Nathaniel Hendren from their Equality of Opportunity project. Also notes their finding, suggested by the work of Robert Putnam, that areas with high levels of social capital in their data also seem to exhibit high level of social mobility. [audio + transcript]

Thad Williamson appointed Richmond's Senior Policy Adviser for Opportunity
January 19, 2017
RVA City News | Thad Williamson (Ph.D. '04) has been appointed Senior Policy Adviser for Opportunity for the City of Richmond by Mayor Levar M. Stoney. Williamson served as first director of the City's Office of Community Wealth Building while on leave from the University of Richmond in 2014-2016, where he is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law. He will serve part-time in the new post while maintaining his professorship at the University of Richmond.
As Cuomo proposal rekindles free college movement, new research provides ammunition for skeptics
January 19, 2017
Brookings Institution | By Judith Scott-Clayton (Ph.D. '09), Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University: "[D]discussion has increasingly focused on whether free tuition is the most effective use of additional funds for higher education.

"Specifically, does the marginal dollar spent on higher education have a bigger impact on enrollment and completion if it is used to reduce the sticker prices students face, or instead to increase institutional expenditures that affect the experience they receive once they enroll? Just a few days after Cuomo’s announcement, David Deming (Ph.D. '10) of Harvard University and Christopher Walters of the University of California at Berkeley presented a new study at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, using a national database of state funding levels, tuition policies, institutional expenditures, and student outcomes over time to ask precisely this question."
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  • What Does Free College Mean?
    January 17, 2017
    Harvard Graduate School of Education | Q&A with Professor David Deming (Ph.D. '10) of HGSE and Harvard Kennedy School.

    Among the research highlighted in this interview, a study of the Adams scholarship in Massachusetts, by Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) and Joshua Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Oct 2014); and a new paper by David Deming and Christopher Walters of UC Berkeley, "The Impacts of Price and Spending Subsidies on U.S. Postsecondary Attainment."

Do high-deductible plans make the health care system better?
January 18, 2017
Marketplace | Cites Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy.

"Chandra’s research shows that even higher-income earners with more economic flexibility do not really shop for health care efficiently, even when they're given a state-of-the-art computer program to compare prices. People on these plans tend to forgo all sorts of care, regardless of their own need and health status.

"..In health care research, a new consensus is forming, in part because of Chandra’s work: high-deductible plans with cheaper premiums work well for people who are generally healthy. But for those who are chronically ill or live on lower incomes, these plans can be a disaster."

This research (joint with Zarek C. Brot-Goldberg, Benjamin R. Handel, and Jonathan T. Kolstad) is forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
View NBER paper  

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Minneapolis Fed Launches Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute
January 18, 2017
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis | The Minneapolis Fed announced today the launch of the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, a new multidisciplinary research initiative "to improve the economic well-being of all Americans, with a particular focus on structural barriers that limit full participation in economic opportunity and advancement in the United States."

Harvard's Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, and Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, participate on its Board of Advisers.

Now inviting applications
  • Visiting Scholars Program
    The Institute also announced its Visiting Scholars Program, with fellowships for both early-career Ph.D. social scientists and senior visiting scholars. Application deadlineFebruary 28, 2017.
How Donald Trump Has Used Twitter as Bully Pulpit
January 18, 2017
ABC News Nightline | Features Leah Wright Rigueur of the Harvard Kennedy School: "If we have a president who's blocking all access and trying to discredit the press, we don't have people who are holding the President's feet to the fire."

Federal Education Policy: What to Expect
January 13, 2017
Usable Knowledge (HGSE) | A primer on presidential transitions, Betsy DeVos, and how federal policy trickles down. Interview with Martin West (Ph.D. '06), Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The First Hundred Days: Priorities for a New US President
January 5, 2017
C-SPAN American Historical Association 
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy the Harvard Kennedy School, was among the speakers for this plenary session of the 131st annual meeting of the American Historical Association, held January 5-8 in Denver. The panel also featured Nathan Citino (Rice University), Margaret O'Mara (University of Washington), Kenneth Pomeranz (University of Chicago), and Sean Wilentz (Princeton University).
Interview with Michèle Lamont: Video
November 2, 2016
COES—Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social | Interview with Michèle Lamont, a keynote speaker at the 2016 COES-LSE annual Inequalities conference, held at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, November 2-4, 2016. Lamont is Harvard's Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. (Interview is in English with Spanish subtitles).



Matthew Desmond's 'Evicted' Winner of 2017 Carnegie Medal for Excellence
January 23, 2017

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond, and The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (Harvard College '91), have been awarded the 2017 Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction and Fiction, respectively. Desmond, a sociologist, is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard.
Announcing the 2017-2018 RSF Visiting Scholars
January 19, 2017

The Russell Sage Foundation announced the appointment of 15 leading social scientists as Visiting Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year. Among them, Deirdre Bloome (Ph.D. '14), Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, who will investigate "the effects of rising inequality in the U.S. on intergenerational income persistence, or the extent to which children’s economic outcomes in adulthood resemble those of their parents."
Testing strategies for preventing violence and crime
January 31, 2017

MIT News | J-PAL North America, a research center at MIT, has announced that it has awarded grants to fund randomized evaluations focused on employing behavioral science insights to prevent crime and violence. One of the two grants, awarded to Anuj Shah, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth, and Aurélie Ouss (Ph.D. '13), a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, "will evaluate whether an app designed to lead at-risk youth to participate in safe activities can help them avoid dangerous default situations and behaviors."

New books

Read My Lips:
Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes

Vanessa S. Williamson, (Ph.D. '15), Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution.

Princeton University Press, March 2017.

"Adam Smith described taxes as a ‘badge of liberty.’ Surprised? Then you’ll be even more astonished by what Vanessa Williamson finds: Americans agree. Far from antitax warriors, most believe paying taxes is a vital form of civic participation. They’re sometimes confused, sometimes resentful (particularly of giveaways to the rich and powerful), but mostly shockingly sensible. So, Williamson asks, why aren't their representatives? Her brilliant answer is a must-read for anyone hoping to understand the distorted debate in Washington." —Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University.
After Piketty:
The Agenda for Economics and Inequality

Edited by Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong, and Marshall Steinbaum.

Harvard University Press, April 2017.

Table of Contents
With chapters by

Ellora Derenoncourt, Ph.D. candidate in Economics.

Elisabeth Jacobs (Ph.D. '08), Senior Director for Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

“Piketty’s work did what decades of rising disparities couldn’t do: it reminded macro-economists that inequality matters. More starkly, it laid bare just how ill-equipped our existing frameworks are for understanding, predicting, and changing inequality.

"This extraordinary collection shows that our most nimble social scientists are responding to the challenge, collecting ideas about capital, technology, power, gender, race, and privilege that might help inform a broader understanding.”—Justin Wolfers (Ph.D. '01), University of Michigan.

"The essays in After Piketty offer new findings and admirably lay out an agenda that will influence future research on inequality, opportunity, and measurement for years to come.”—Miles Corak, University of Ottawa.

New academic publications by PhD fellows

Nathan Wilmers, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. "Labor Unions as Activist Organizations: A Union Power Approach to Estimating Union Wage Effects." Forthcoming in Social Forces.

Events of interest

Harvard Inequality & Social Policy Seminar 

Weekly on Mondays 
12-1:45 pm.
Harvard Kennedy School: Allison Dining Room.

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Alternatives to the Affordable Care Act

Monday, Feb 13, 2017
6 pm (with live webcast)
in the JFK Jr. Forum.

A conversation with

Katherine Baicker
C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Policy and Management,T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, President’s Council of Economic Advisers (2005-2007).

Jonathan Gruber
Ford Professor of Economics, MIT; Technical Consultant, Obama Administration on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2009-2010).

Avik Roy
Co-Founder and President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity; Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute (2011-2016).

Gail R. Wilensky
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE; Director, Medicare and Medicaid (1990-1992).

Amitabh Chandra (moderator)
Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.
Tackling Poverty and Inequality Under a Trump Presidency

Saturday, Feb 25, 2017
10am to 6pm
Harvard Kennedy School

Second-annual HKS student-run Conference on Poverty and Inequality at Harvard Kennedy School.

Speakers |  Register 

Supported by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.


World Wealth and Income Database (
January 9, 2017 has launched a new website with open-access data and easy-to-use visualization tools to examine income and wealth inequality at the global level, within countries, and over time.

To learn more, see paper and slides by Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman, presented at the ASSA 2017 annual meeting in Chicago.
January 21, 2017

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Scholars Strategy Network

The Scholars Strategy Network is directed by Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University.

See also
Public letter on the role of SSN and its members in the Trump era
December 21, 2016
By Theda Skocpol

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