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It has been a groundbreaking week—literal groundbreaking at Harvard Kennedy School and, as we highlight in this week's edition, groundbreaking research by Harvard University researchers on the causal effects of neighborhoods on economic mobility in America.

Browse the headlines below to catch up on the latest insights and analysis, Inequality in the news, and noteworthy developments from the Malcolm Wiener Center's Inequality & Social Policy program. 

Harvard Kennedy School groundbreaking
Photo by Martha Stewart.

Insight & analysis

The Effects of Neighborhoods on Children's Long-term Outcomes
The big story generating press this week was the public release of two new papers that Professor Raj Chetty first presented in the Malcolm Wiener Seminar, Jan 26, 2015.

You will find the papers below and media coverage of their results immediately following:
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The Effects of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility: Childhood Exposure Effects and County Level Estimates 
Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren 

The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment
Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren and Lawrence Katz
Media coverage and analysis

Why the New Research on Mobility Matters: An Economist's View
May 4, 2015
New York Times 
By Justin Wolfers (Ph.D. '01).

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty
May 4, 2015
New York Times 

How Baltimore and cities like it hold back poor black children
May 6, 2015
Washington Post 
The Big Picture of Baltimore, Ferguson, and North Charleston
May 8, 2015
In the Fray | By Victor Tan Chen (Ph.D. '12)

Does America Have Less Economic Mobility? (Part 3)
May 7, 2015
Economics 21 | By Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09)

Chasing the Dream: Concentrated Poverty
May 7, 2015
WNET: MetroFocus | Interview with Patrick Sharkey (Ph.D. '07) 

Study: Four-year Colleges Better Bet for Graduation Chances
May 7, 2015
WABE (NPR Atlanta): A Closer Look | Interview with Joshua S. Goodman

40 years later- The relevance of Okun’s "Equality and Efficiency: The Big Tradeoff"
May 4, 2015
Brookings Institution | Moderated discussion featuring N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard), Heather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth), Melissa S. Kearney (Hamilton Project), and Justin Wolfers (Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow, Ph.D. '01)

The Veiled Economics of Employee Cost-sharing
May 4, 2015
JAMA Internal Medicine | By Katherine Baicker (HSPH) and Amitabh Chandra

Policy Strategies to Reduce Youth Recreational Marijuana Use
May 4, 2015
Pediatrics | By Brendan Saloner (Ph.D. '12), Emma E. McGinty, and Colleen L. Barry. The direct link to the article requires institutional subscription, but an excellent summary is available at JHU Hub.

When Bosses Recruit Employees into Politics: Evidence from a New National Survey
April 30, 2015
Scholars Strategy Network | By Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy

Implementing a Turnaround Strategy at DOL: An interview with Seth Harris, former Deputy Secretary of Labor
April 27, 2015
Gov Innovator Podcast | Hosted by Andy Feldman (Ph.D. '07).

Does Brain-Based Lie Detection Belong in American Courtrooms?
April 14, 2015
Harvard Medical School | Panel discussion featuring Francis X. Shen (Ph.D. '08)


In the news

President Obama to join Poverty Summit: A conversation with Robert Putnam, Arthur Brooks, and moderated by E.J. Dionne
Upcoming: Tue, May 12th
at Georgetown University
Professor Robert Putnam will participate in summit on overcoming poverty in the U.S, to be held May 12th at 11:00 AM ET at Georgetown University.
Will be streamed live ►
Black America: The fire and the fuel
May 9, 2015
The Economist | Orlando Patterson

State Takeover Gives Lawrence, Mass. School District a Fresh Start
May 5, 2015
Education Week | Beth Schueler (Ed.D. candidate), Joshua S. Goodman, David Deming

Researcher: Millions of Americans experiencing intimidating political contact at work
May 5, 2015
Vox | Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy

National Academy of Sciences recognizes seven for their achievements
May 5, 2015
Harvard Gazette | Bruce Western

What Carly Fiorina gets wrong about why women make less in the workplace
May 5, 2015
Washington Post | Claudia Goldin

An 'income-achievement' gap within kids' brain structures
May 4, 2015
Boston Globe | Martin R. West, faculty and Ph.D. '06. The study discussed in the article has been made publicly available: “Neuroanatomical Correlates of the Income-Achievement Gap,” Psychological Science (April 20, 2015).

Why Sociologist William Julius Wilson Could Have Predicted Baltimore 25 Years Ago
May 4, 2015
Atlanta Black Star | William Julius Wilson

Race, Class, and Neglect
May 4, 2015
New York Times | William Julius Wilson

Baltimore riots put Obama strategy for American cities under closer scrutiny
May 4, 2015
Washington Post | Patrick Sharkey (Ph.D. '07)

With Sickest Patients, Cost Sharing Comes at a Price
May 4, 2015
New York Times | Amitabh Chandra

Unhappy Days for America
May 2, 2015
New York Review of Books | Nicholas Lemann reviews Robert Putnam's Our Kids.

Mass Incarceration:The Silence of the Judges
May 2, 2015
New York Review of Books | Jed S. Rackoff essay references Bruce Western research

The New Movers and Shakers: Mexico and its NGOs
May 2, 2015
The Economist | Viridiana Rios (Ph.D. '12)

What Makes a School Successful?
May 2, 2015
Newsweek | Roland Fryer and Will Dobbie (Ph.D. '13).

How Not to Drown in Numbers
May 2, 2015
New York Times | Op-ed argues we need "small data" to make sense of "big data", noting Thomas Kane's work with school districts.

Justice, pursued
May 1, 2015
Harvard Gazette | Phillip Atiba Goff, Visiting Scholar, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

Life expectancy in Gilpin Court 20 years shorter than Westover Hills
May 1, 2015
Richmond Times-Dispatch | Thad Williamson (Ph.D. '04).

China's new, better 'leap forward'
April 29, 2015
Washington Post | Richard Freeman and Wei Huang, Ph.D. candidate in Economics.

Past Immigrants Had It Easier than Today's Newcomers
April 27, 2015
Voice of America | Leah Platt Boustan, Ph.D. '06.

'I don't go to lawyers': Professor Sara Sternberg Greene examines inaction gap
April 16, 2015
Duke Law Magazine | Profile of Sara Sternberg Greene (Ph.D. '14); Christopher Winship quoted. The study discussed in this article, "Race, Class, and Access to Civil Justice," is available via SSRN.



Claudia Goldin elected to the American Philosophical Society
May 2, 2015
Awardee | Claudia Goldin
Membership in the American Philosophical Society, the country's first learned society, honors extraordinary accomplishments in all academic fields. 
(Bonus read: Fascinating APS history).
Harvard University Press

Forthcoming book

Michael Javen Fortner (Ph.D.'10) is the author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, forthcoming from Harvard University Press in August 2015.

Events of interest

Reflections on Issues of Race and Class in 21st Century America: Revisiting Arguments Advanced in 'The Declining Significance of Race' (1978)
May 21, 2015 (4-5 pm)
Library of Congress

William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard and current Kluge Scholar-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, will give a public lecture in the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building. 

Library of Congress ScholarFest 2015
June 10-11, 2015
A convergence of scholarly minds on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Library's John W. Kluge Center. Among the participants: William Julius Wilson and Jennifer Hochschild.
Harvard Ph.D. students (G-1s and G-2s):
Now inviting applications for 2015-2016 doctoral fellows. Deadline: May 18, 2015.
View brochure ►
Get application ►

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