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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. 

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Insight & analysis

Interview with Claudia Goldin
May 24, 2015
Econ FocusMagazine of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Claudia Goldin discusses women in the labor force, the "grand convergence", the human capital century, and her latest project, "Women Working Longer."
Education reformers have it all wrong: Accountability from above never works; great teaching does
May 24, 2015
Salon | By Jal Mehta (Faculty, PhD '06)

Comeback Cities
May 21, 2015
Centre for Cities (London) | Edward Glaeser lecture and discussion with BBC Newsnight economics correspondent Duncan Weldon. Audio and slides available; event video to be posted soon.

What makes field organizers effective? Being like the people they want to persuade
May 21, 2015
Washington Post | Ryan Enos's co-author, Eitan Hersh of Yale University, discusses their findings.

Why should we care about inequality?
May 21, 2015
2015 Social and Economic Policy Public Lecture, University of Wollongong | By Andrew Leigh MP, Australia (Ph.D. '04)

The Great Gatsby Curve: All heat, no light
May 20, 2015
Brookings Institution—Social Mobility Memos | By Scott Winship. Second of a series of memos on both sides of the "The Great Gatsby Curve" debate, including pieces by Alan Krueger (Princeton University) and Heather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth).

Big moment for working parents
May 19, 2015
MetroWest Daily News | By Jamie Eldridge (MA state senator, D-Acton) and Laura Tach (Ph.D. '10). Op-ed urging increase in the state's Earned Income Tax Credit.

Whose Fault is Ferguson? The Roots of Our National Discord
May 18, 2015
Miller Center American Forum | Speaker: Orlando Patterson. Television broadcast: June 7th on many PBS stations (Note: Not carried in Boston-area). Audio and video also will be made available on the Miller Center website.

Wells Report Distorts Workplace Realities
May 18, 2015
Boston Globe | By Theda Skocpol
#Deflategate #BecauseSociology #BecauseAffrontTo-FoundingFathers

Income Inequality in the U.S. [video]
May 18, 2015
Washington Journal (C-SPAN) | Guests Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09) and Michael Konczal (Roosevelt Institute)


In the news

What are cities doing so right—and so wrong? Edward Glaeser talks to Simon Jenkins
May 21, 2015
The Guardian 
Edward Glaeser
Obamacare's Big Gamble on Hospital Productivity
May 25, 2015
New York Times | Amitabh Chandra

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict Obamacare's future?
May 23, 2015
Modern Healthcare |
Theda Skocpol

Left Out
May 21, 2015
Boston Review | Robert Putnam. Claude S. Fischer reviews Robert Putnam's Our Kids and Andrew Cherlin's Labor's Love Lost.

My Head Start
May 19, 2015
Huffington Post | On the 50th anniversary of Head Start, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker reflects on his own personal experience and cites research by David Deming (Faculty and Ph.D. '10)

The best indication of what a federal $12 minimum wage could mean for poor places comes from Puerto Rico
May 19, 2015
Washington Post | Richard Freeman

Modern campaigning has big effects on voter turnout
May 18, 2015
Washington Post | Ryan Enos

China's Great Academic Leap Forward
May 18, 2015
Bloomberg View | Richard Freeman and Wei Huang (Ph.D. candidate in Economics)

Improving the legal status of our country's newest arrivals is not only humane but smart, says sociologist
May 18, 2015 | Helen Marrow (Ph.D. '07)

Askwith Forum [video]: Transforming Teaching
May 11, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jal Mehta (Faculty and Ph.D. '06) led an Askwith Forum discussion with Anthony Bryk (President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), Jeff Duncan-Andrade (Co-founder, Teaching Excellence Network), and Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers).

When Campaign Volunteers Do More Harm than Good
May 11, 2015
Pacific Standard | Ryan Enos



Sarah Cohodes awarded W.T. Grant Foundation research grant
May 25, 2015
Awardee: Sarah Cohodes, Ph.D. in Public Policy (in two days!)
Jessica Simes awarded SSSP paper prize in crime research
May 19, 2015
Awardee: Jessica Simes, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology 

Named Best Book in Urban Politics

Alum Vesla M. Weaver (Ph.D. '07) and co-author Amy E. Lerman are the recipients of this year's American Political Science Association award for Best Book in Urban Politics for their book, Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control, University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Vesla M. Weaver is now an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Yale University. 

New this week
in academic articles

Forced Relocation and Residential Instability Among Urban Renters
By Matthew Desmond, Carl Gershenson, and Barbara Kiviat*
Social Service Review  89: pp. 227-262.

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Events of interest

Library of Congress ScholarFest 2015
Jun 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.

American Enterprise Institute: The American Dream in Crisis?
Jun 22, 2015 (12:00-1:30)
Will be streamed live.

A discussion with Robert Putnam, Charles Murray (AEI), and William Julius Wilson.

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