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Devah Pager
Devah Pager, Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year as a fellow and the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
We are delighted that Jennifer Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, will be serving as Acting Director of the Inequality & Social Policy program in 2015-2016.

Jennifer Hochschild is the president-elect of American Political Science Association and will assume the role of President in Sept 2015.

Her latest book, co-authored with Inequality & Social Policy alumna Katherine Levine Einstein (Ph.D. '12),
Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics, came out in early 2015.

Browse below for all the latest news from Inequality & Social Policy.

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Insight & analysis

Deep Dive: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform [video]
July 3, 2015
Aspen Ideas Festival 
Bruce Western joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Shaka Senghor (#cut50), and Jens Ludwig (University of Chicago).

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis [video]
July 4, 2015
Aspen Ideas Festival | Robert Putnam  joined by James Fallows (The Atlantic)
They Can Take It If They Want It—Eminent Domain
July 24, 2015
Wall Street Journal
By Edward Glaeser

Competition in the Age of Biosimilars
July 21, 2015
By Amitabh Chandra and Jacqueline Vanderpuye-Orgle (Precision Health Economics)

Here's how minority job seekers battle bias in the hiring process
July 21, 2015
The Conversation
By David S. Pedulla (UT Austin) and Devah Pager

Will Maine share in health reform's success?
July 21, 2015
Bangor Daily News 
By Theda Skocpol

No, we're not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed?
July 21, 2015
Washington Post
By Jennifer Hochschild and Katherine Levine Einstein (Ph.D. '12)

Wealth and Finance in Post Civil-Rights America
July 18, 2015
Harlem Book Fair (C-SPAN2 Book TV) | Vesla Weaver (Ph.D. '07) of Yale University joined a panel with Dalton Conley (NYU), William Tabb (Professor Emeritus, Queens College and CUNY), and Damon Phillips (Columbia Business School)

Capitalism for the Rest of Us
July 17, 2015
The New York Times
By Joseph R. Blasi (Rutgers), Douglas L. Kruse (Rutgers), and Richard B. Freeman

How to Achieve Gender Equality in Pay
July 16, 2015
Milken Institute Review
By Claudia Goldin

Even Teachers are No Fans of Forced Union Payments
July 15, 2015
Wall Street Journal
By Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West (faculty, Ph.D. ’06)

Moving Up or Moving Out? Confronting Compounded Deprivation
July 15, 2015
NYU Furman Center
By Robert J. Sampson. With discussion by Richard Florida (U.S. HUD), Rosanne Haggerty (Community Solutions), and Michael Stoll (UCLA)

Immigration and America's Urban Revival
July 9, 2015
The American Prospect
By Robert J. Sampson

Private Conflict, Public Disorder, and Crime
July 2, 2015
Pacific Standard
Interview with Robert J. Sampson and Daniel O'Brien (Northeastern University) on the limitations of "broken windows" theory.

William Julius Wilson discusses “The Declining Significance of Race” on Voice of America’s Press Conference USA
July 2, 2015
Library of Congress
William Julius Wilson. Listen to interview ►

A Turning Point for Health Care—and its G.O.P. Opponents
June 25 2015
The New York Times
By Theda Skocpol and Lawrence R. Jacobs (University of Minnesota)


In the news

Nearly every job in America, mapped in incredible detail
July 14, 2015
Washington Post
Robert Manduca, Ph.D. student in Sociology & Social Policy

Mapping every single job in the U.S.
July 14, 2015
The Atlantic—CityLab
Robert Manduca, Ph.D. student in Sociology & Social Policy, brings urban employment data to life with interactive "dot maps".
Harvard finds merit in Boston schools' advanced-work classes
July 27, 2015
Boston Globe | Sarah Cohodes's (Ph.D. '15) research details benefits, especially for minority students. Read the study ►

Salary Gap Widens as Top Workers in Specialized Fields Reap Rewards
July 24, 2015
The New York Times | Lawrence Katz

The Housing Market Still Isn't Rational
July 24, 2015
The New York Times | Economic View column notes Edward Glaeser's work on real estate speculation in American history

10 top women in economics
July 23, 2015
World Economic Forum Agenda | Claudia Goldin

Why are so many people in U.S. prisons? Key findings from the National Research Council
July 22, 2015
Journalist's Resource | Brief summarizing findings of the 2014 National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Causes and Consequences of High Incarceration Rates in the United States, Vice-Chaired by Bruce Western.

The Teacher: Cassi Pittman. Professor, Case Western Reserve 
July 22, 2015
Cleveland Scene | Cassi L. Pittman (Ph.D. '12) on the tough choices facing her native East Cleveland and the challenges of improving NE Ohio's urban core.

Donald Trump vs. The Republican Party: Who will be left standing?
July 21, 2015
CBC News | Theda Skocpol

The Physical Toll of High-Achievement Among Disadvantaged Teens
July 20, 2015
Huffington Post | Anthony A. Jack’s (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology) research on the college experiences of low-income undergraduates noted. View this work ►

The Science of Teaching Gets High Marks
July 20, 2015
FiveThirtyEight | Thomas Kane, Jonah Rockoff (Ph.D '04)

Off the Shelf
July 19, 2015
Harvard Magazine
Recommends The Allure of Order, by Jal Mehta (faculty and Ph.D. '06), as "a sobering history of the 'troubled quest to remake American schooling' through attempts to impose external accountability on teaching—most recently, via the No Child Left Behind Act."

Immigration and crime: Not here to cause trouble
July 18, 2015
The Economist | Robert Sampson

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What?
July 16, 2015
The New York Times Magazine | Bruce Western

Obama Tries to End the Cycle of Broken Poverty Promises
July 15, 2015
Governing | James Quane, Associate Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, Malcolm Wiener Center.

Who Will Pay the Political Price for Affordable Housing?
July 15, 2015
The New York Times | Quotes Robert Sampson, William Julius Wilson, and Robert Putnam, and refers to Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz research on effects of better neighborhoods on children.

Credit where taxes are due
July 4, 2015
The Economist | Cites Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04) on who benefits from the Earned Income Tax Credit.



What Lower Labor Force Participation Rates Tell Us about Work Opportunities
and Incentives

July 15, 2015
Testimony before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

Elisabeth Jacobs
(Ph.D. '08), Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Read brief ►

Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09), Manhattan Institute. 
Read brief ►

Now available

Cut Loose: Jobless and Hopeless in an Unfair Economy
By Victor Tan Chen (Ph.D. '12). University of California Press, July 2015.

Coming soon

When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History
By Daniel Schlozman (Ph.D. '11). Princeton University Press, September 2015.
Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
By Michael Javen Fortner (Ph.D. '10). Harvard University Press, September 2015.

New this week in academic publications

Feigenbaum*, James J. and Andrew B Hall. How Legislators Respond to Localized Economic Shocks: Evidence from Chinese Import Competition. Journal of Politics (Oct 2015).

* Doctoral fellow

See all academic publications by Ph.D. fellows ►

Policy read
of the week

Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change
White House Council of Economic Advisers (July 2015).
Draws on research by Inequality & Social Policy faculty and Ph.D. fellow alumni, including Deirdre Bloome (Ph.D. '14), Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) David Deming (faculty, Ph.D. '10), Will Dobbie (Ph.D, '13), Roland Fryer, Edward Glaeser, Joshua Goodman, Lawrence Katz, Thomas J. Kane, Richard Murnane, Devah Pager, Robert Putnam, Judith Scott-Clayton (Ph.D. '09), Bruce Western, Justin Wolfers (Ph.D, '01), and Jessica Wolpaw Reyes (Ph.D. '02).

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