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09/30/2016

 

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Congratulations to two Ph.D. '16 alumni
James Feigenbaum awarded Economic History Association dissertation prize for work on intergenerational mobility and inequality
September 18, 2016
James Feigenbaum (Ph.D. in Economics '16) is the 2016 recipient of the Economic History Association's Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in American economic history, awarded for his Harvard doctoral dissertation, "Intergenerational Mobility and Inequality: Essays in Historical Labor Economics." Feigenbaum is now a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at Princeton University, in the Industrial Relations Section, Department of Economics (2016-2017). In 2017 he joins the Economics faculty at Boston University as Assistant Professor of Economics.
Learn more about James Feigenbaum's work at his homepage ▶ 

Jessica Simes awarded Boston University's first University Provost Career Development Professorship
September 16, 2016
Jessica Simes (Ph.D. in Sociology '16), an assistant professor of Sociology at Boston University, has been awarded the first of two newly-endowed University Provost Career Development Professorships at that institution.The three-year professorships will support two junior faculty working in academic areas with “the greatest potential for impacting the quality and stature of the University, as determined by the provost." Simes, whose Harvard doctoral dissertation focused on racial inequality and the mass incarceration of African Americans, was recognized for her work in data science—"specifically the mapping of communities to reflect the percentage of incarcerated people—[which] has been the backbone of Simes’s research on race, poverty, and mass incarceration."
Learn more about Jessica Simes's work at her homepage ▶
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Insight and analysis

Who Gets to Vote?
September 30, 2016
The New York Times | By Alexander Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School: "...Most studies conclude that the new restrictions will reduce the participation of African-Americans, Latinos and poor people generally, most likely by a few percentage points — and perhaps by as much as eight to 10 percentage points...

"But the significance of these laws goes far beyond this election. Laws of this type strike at the rights and the dignity of some of our fellow citizens: A great majority of us will be unaffected, but to others the message sent is that they do not quite belong to the polity....

"How might we usher in a new era in which voting will be more open, accessible and democratic?" Keyssar explores the alternatives.

Obama's America
September 30, 2016
Harvard Gazette | Eight years later, scholars across a range of fields take the measure of the 44th president—including perspectives from Claudine Gay, Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies, and Orlando Patterson, John Cowles Professor of Sociology.
 
Calls to 911 from Black Neighborhoods Fell After a Case of Police Violence
September 29, 2016
The New York Times | New research by Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard, Andrew V. Papachristos of Yale University, and David S. Kirk at University of Oxford, now out in the American Sociological Review, estimates a net loss of 22,000 calls for service following a highly-publicized case of police violence against an unarmed black man. "Police misconduct," Desmond, Papachristos, and Kirk conclude,"can powerfully suppress one of the most basic forms of civic engagement: calling 911 for matters of personal and public safety."
View the research in ASR 

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  • Police Brutality Leads to Thousands Fewer Calls to 911
    September 28, 2016
    The Atlantic | “Police departments and city politicians often frame a publicized case of police violence as an ‘isolated incident,’” Papachristos said in a statement. He also said that “no act of police violence is an isolated incident, in both cause and consequence. Seemingly isolated incidents of police violence are layered upon a history of unequal policing in cities.”
     
  • 911 calls fell in black Milwaukee neighborhoods after Jude beating, study finds
    September 28, 2016
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | "Over half of the drop in calls — 56% — happened in predominantly black neighborhoods, which account for 31% of all neighborhoods. Desmond said he was shocked when he first saw the size of the drop...'Something like the Frank Jude case tears the fabric apart so deeply and delegitimizes the criminal justice system in the eyes of the African-American community that they stop relying on it in significant numbers,' Desmond told the Journal Sentinel in an interview."
     
  • Trust gap: What happens when black communities call 911 less often?
    September 28, 2016
    The Christian Science Monitor | "The first study of its kind found 911 calls in black Milwaukee neighborhoods dropped significantly following the beating of Frank Jude, an unarmed black man. And then crime rates rose."
An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000
September 28, 2016
The New York Times | Discusses findings of new study by Professors Joshua Goodman (Harvard Kennedy School), Julia Melkers (Georgia Tech), and Amanda Pallais (Harvard Economics), which suggest that access to high-quality, low-cost online education could make a real difference in educational options for mid-career Americans, and more generally, for populations who would not otherwise pursue education.
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What Does Immigration Actually Cost Us?
September 29, 2016
The New York Times | Columnist Thomas Edsall explores the complexity of core findings contained in a new National Academy of Sciences report, "The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration." Cites research by George J. Borjas, one of the panel members who contributed to the report, who concludes that immigration produces substantial wage losses for native-born U.S. workers, particularly high school dropouts, as well as Lawrence Katz, whose more recent work with Claudia Goldin has convinced him "that immigration is at most a small contributor to the awful real and relative wage performance of U.S. high school dropouts," whose relative wages "fell by 40 percent compared to college graduates"' from 1980 to the early 2000s."

A lapse in concentration
September 29, 2016
The Economist | A dearth of competition among firms helps explain wage inequality and a host of other ills, writes The Economist, in its review of various lines of research. Cites work by Harvard's Richard Freeman (joint with Erling Barth, Alex Bryson, and James Davis) and by Raven Malloy (Ph.D. '11) (joint with Christopher Smith and Abigail Wozniak). Malloy is now section chief with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

A more inclusive Harvard
September 28, 2016
Harvard Gazette | An interview with Danielle Allen, Archon Fung, and Meredith Weenick,  co-chairs of the new University-wide Presidential Task Force on Belonging and Inclusion. Danielle Allen is Professor of Government and Education and Director of the Edmond Safra Center for Ethics. Archon Fung is Academic Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. 

Congratulations, Distinction in Teaching Awardees
September 27, 2016
Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning announced the recipients of its Certificates of Distinction in teaching for spring 2016 teaching fellows, a group that included Inequality & Social Policy doctoral fellows Aaron Benavidez (Sociology), Jack Cao (Psychology), Oren Danieli (Business Economics), Kelley Fong (Sociology & Social Policy), Margot Moinester (Sociology), and Alix Winter (Sociology & Social Policy). The recipients will be honored at a reception on Wed, Oct 19th from 4-5:30 pm in CGIS-South.
 
Housing Development Toolkit
September 26, 2016
The White House | The Obama administration issued a policy brief that takes aim at accumulated barriers to housing development, zoning and other land-use regulations that the administration argues are jeopardizing housing affordability, increasing income inequality by reducing access to high-wage labor  markets, and stifling economic growth. The report cites Sociology faculty member Matthew Desmond's Evicted, noting the lasting trauma that extreme rent burdens and housing insecurity can pose for families, and draws extensively on research by Peter Ganong and Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11 and HKS faculty), Edward Glaeser (Economics), and Raven (Saks) Malloy (Ph.D. '05), now section chief with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, on the rise and consequences of land-use regulations.
 
The 13th: Inside Ava DuVernay's Netflix prison documentary on racial inequality
September 26, 2016
The Guardian | Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, is among the participants to appear in The 13th, Ava DuVernay's new documentary, which traces the history of racism, criminalization, and mass incarceration in the U.S. "The trailer sets up DuVernay’s documentary as a provocative a mix of archival footage and testimonies from activists, politicians and historians, including Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, Van Jones, Newt Gingrich, Angela Davis, Senator Cory Booker, Grover Norquist, Khalil Muhammad, Craig DeRoche, Shaka Senghor, Malkia Cyril and Henry Louis Gates Jr," reports the Guardian.  The film will open the New York Film Festival on Sept 30, the first documentary to ever do so, and will then release on Netflix and in a limited theater run on Oct 7. A screening will be coming soon to the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.
View The 13th - Official trailer

Lessons from the responses to police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte
September 26, 2016
KCRW: Press Play with Madeleine Brand |  Khalil Gibran Muhammad guests. Muhammad is Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School [Audio: 8:19 minutes].
 
It’s Easy for Obamacare Critics to Overlook the Merits of Medicaid Expansion
September 26, 2016
The New York Times | Cites research by Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) and co-authors showing that Medicaid in childhood makes children more likely to finish high school and college. Cohodes is Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. The research was subsequently published in the Journal of Human Resources.
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FREOPP Names Scott Winship a Visiting Fellow
September 26, 2016
FREOPP | The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a newly-created non-profit think tank that will conduct original research on expanding economic opportunity for those  with incomes or wealth below the U.S. median, today named Scott Winship a Visiting Fellow. Winship joins FREOPP from the Manhattan Institute, where he was the Walter B. Wriston Fellow.

Equitable Growth's Inaugural Grantee Conference
September 25, 2016
Washington Center for Equitable Growth | Grantees Ellora Dernoncourt (Ph.D. candidate in Economics), Beth Truesdale (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology), and Vanessa Williamson (Ph.D. '15), now a Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, were among those attending Equitable Growth's inaugural grantee conference. Also participating: Nathaniel Hendren, Assistant Professor of Economics, and Elisabeth Jacobs (Ph.D. '08), Senior Director for Policy at Equitable Growth.
View the agenda

5 Ways Candidates Mislead You in Debates
September 25, 2016
Politico | A guide to the tactics of deception and why they work—based on the research of behavioral scientist Todd Rogers, Associate Professor of Public Policy.
 
Companies That Discriminate Fail (Eventually)
September 23, 2016
Bloomberg View | Highlights new study by sociologist Devah Pager, "Are Firms that Discriminate More Likely to Go Out of Business?," which presents a new direct empirical test of Gary Becker's theory of the economics of discrimination. Pager is director of the Inequality & Social Policy program at Harvard and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy. The article appears in Sociological Science.
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Mass deportation isn’t just impractical. It’s very, very dangerous.
September 23, 2016
Washington Post | By Danielle Allen and Richard Ashby Wilson. Allen is a political theorist at Harvard and a contributing columnist for The Post.
 
The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration
September 21, 2016
National Academy of Sciences | The National Academy of Sciences today released a new report  authored by a 14-member panel of experts, including George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. The 508-page report aims to present "a comprehensive assessment of economic and demographic trends of U.S. immigration over the past 20 years, its impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels."
What Happens to Wages When Refugees Arrive? More than You Might Think
September 21, 2016
Wall Street Journal | Coverage of new study by the Harvard Kennedy School's George J. Borjas and Joan Monras of CEMFI, which revisits four historical refugee influxes to document their labor market impact.
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Science’s 1%: How income inequality is getting worse in research
September 21, 2016
Nature | Wages for top scientists are shooting skywards, widening the wage gap between elite scientists and the rest. Interviews Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, who suggests that these trends may be driving talented young people away from careers in academic science. 
 
Whither the Sanders Left?
September 21, 2016
Democracy Journal | By Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology. Part of a symposium on "The Unseen Election".
 
The finalists for this year's Kirkus Prizes
September 20, 2016
Washington Post | Matthew Desmond's Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City has been selected as one of  six finalists in non-fiction for this year's Kirkus Prizes. Of the 18 finalists in all, three winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Austin on November 3. Desmond, a sociologist, is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard.
 
Flipping the Script: From Inequality to Equality
September 20, 2016
SSRC items (Insights from the Social Sciences)
By Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor in Harvard’s Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. The current focus on inequality, argues Danielle Allen, makes it more imperative than ever to better understand the concept of “equality.” Allen’s essay focuses especially on political equality, which requires attention in its own right and in relation to other dimensions of (in)equality. Through a critical engagement with John Rawls’s work, she argues that public autonomy (“positive liberties”) is central to imagining and realizing political equality.

One in a series of essays exploring "What is Inequality?", from the Social Science Research Council. Other Harvard contributors include political scientist Jennifer Hochschild (Three puzzles in inequality) and economist Max Kasy (upcoming).

Is Political Science Too Pessimistic?
September 20, 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education | Senior ideas reporter Marc Perry talks with Jennifer Hochschild about the themes of her American Political Science Association presidential address, which she recently delivered at the APSA 112th annual meeting. Hochschild, Harvard's Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, just completed her term as president (2015-2016).
 
The Best Headspace for Making Decisions: How Emotions Influence Decision-Making
September 19, 2016
The Atlantic | Delves into Jennifer Lerner's latest research on emotions and decision-making. Lerner, a psychologist, is a professor within the Management, Leadership, and Decision Science Area at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. 

See also
  • The Anger that Won't End on Nov. 8
    September 15, 2016
    Bloomberg | Donald Trump's supporters won't want olive branches if he loses. That's not how anger works, reports Bloomberg. Draws from research by Jennifer Lerner, Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory.
Why So Many Poor Americans Don't Get Help Paying for Housing
September 16, 2016
FiveThirtyEight | Quotes Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences. "Desmond said that by prioritizing assistance for homeownership — which mostly benefits middle-class and wealthy families — over rental assistance for the poor, the federal government is making the nation’s poverty problem worse...Desmond argues that unaffordable housing, and the subsequent instability, is often the catalyst for a cycle of poverty. And in his book, he says that instead of focusing housing policy on increasing homeownership, we should be 'pulling housing back to the center of the poverty debate.'"

How We Undercounted Evictions by Asking the Wrong Questions
September 15, 2016
FiveThirtyEight | The Milwaukee Area Renter's Study (MARS), the brainchild of Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, "may be the first rigorous, detailed look at eviction in a major city...Now the survey is going national.The Census Bureau recently agreed to add some of the MARS questions to its massive, biennial housing survey."

Orlando Patterson Discusses "The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth"
September 15, 2016
Ideastream: The Sound of Ideas | Orlando Patterson, the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Recipient and John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard, guests.

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New Progress on Using Behavioral Sciences Insights to Better Serve the American People
September 15, 2016
The White House | One year ago President Obama issued an executive order directing Federal Government agencies to apply behavioral science insights to their programs to better serve the American people. To mark the past year of progress, today the White House is hosting a Summit on Behavioral Science Insights and releasing the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team Second Annual Report. The report draws extensively from research by Inequality & Social Policy faculty affiliates Sendhil Mullainathan (Economics), Brigitte Madrian (HKS), David Laibson (Economics), Jeffrey Liebman (HKS), Todd Rogers (HKS), and Michael Norton (HBS). It also cites work by Inequality & Social Policy alumni Judith Scott-Clayton (Ph.D. '09), Associate Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; W. Adam Looney (Ph.D. '04), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis, U.S. Treasury; and David Hureau (Ph.D. '16), Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, SUNY.

Brigitte Madrian on Recommendations to Improve America's Retirement Security and Personal Savings [audio]
September 15, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School | Audio of presentation by Brigitte Madrian, Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. See also Securing Our Financial Future, the recently-issued report of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, on which Madrian serves.

Massachusetts charter cap holds back disadvantaged students
September 15, 2016
Brookings Institution | By Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) and Susan M. Dynarski (University of Michigan). Cohodes is now Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Should Massachusetts Allow More Charter Schools? [audio]
    September 21, 2016
    EdNext Podcast | Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) and Education Next Editor-in-chief Martin West (Ph.D. '06) discuss the Massachusetts charter school ballot question. Cohodes is Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. West is Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
     
  • Education Reform Works in Massachusetts. Will Voters Care?
    September 19, 2016
    New York Magazine | Discusses the evidence presented by Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15) and Susan M. Dynarski on Massachusetts charter schools in light of the upcoming ballot initiative on lifting the charter cap.
Room for Debate: Is School Reform Hopeless?
September 14, 2016
The New York Times | Ronald Ferguson, faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard, weighs in: "Use Successful Schools as Role Models for Inner-City Achievement."

Why More Women Than Ever Are Putting Off Retirement
September 14, 2016
Bloomberg | Cites new research by Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, and Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, which lays out the trends in women's increased labor force participation and possible explanations.
View the research

Good News! We're as Rich as We Were in 1998
September 13, 2016
The New Yorker | Quoted: Nathaniel Hendren, Assistant Professor of Economics.
 
Introducing the Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative
September 13, 2016
Evidence-Based Policy Collaborative | Andrew Feldman (Ph.D. '07), Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution Center on Children and Families, has been appointed to the newly-launched Evidence-Based Policymaking Collaborative. Funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the collaborative brings together researchers from the Urban Institute, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, and the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to create tools to inform evidence-based policymaking at all levels of government. 

If You Build It...Myths and realities about America's infrastructure spending
September 12, 2016
City Journal | By Edward L. Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics.
 
The Politico 50: George J. Borjas
September 12, 2016
Politico | George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has been named to The Politico 50, Politico's annual list of "thinkers transforming politics" for "telling it like it really is on immigration." But, the award citation continues,"Borjas isn’t necessarily anti-immigration; in fact, his research shows immigration can benefit the nation overall. The real message he has been delivering since his pioneering 1994 study is that both political parties are far too simplistic when they talk about immigration’s harms and benefits. The problem is that immigration doesn’t lift everyone equally: Immigrants themselves get a lot out of it, as do business owners and people on the top of the economic pyramid. But it genuinely hurts many native-born Americans, especially low-skilled workers."

See also
The Politico 50: Matthew Desmond
September 12, 2016
Politico | Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of Social Science at Harvard—"for turning to a powerful source in explaining poverty: poor people themselves,"—has been named to The Politico 50, Politico's annual list of "thinkers transforming politics." From the citation: "In 2008, when Matthew Desmond moved into a poor Milwaukee neighborhood to begin what would become his groundbreaking study of eviction and its role in exacerbating poverty, the notion that a presidential race would be defined by progressive ideas about the evils of income inequality would have seemed almost inconceivable. But this year, the book that Desmond produced from that research—Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City—landed in the middle of a campaign in which outsider candidates from both parties pushed populist messages aimed at the working poor."

"Desmond, a Harvard sociologist, challenged stale notions about how poverty works through intimate portraits of eight families. One of his most notable discoveries was that evictions often were not the result of losing a job but rather the cause, a potentially game-changing insight into what traps people in poverty."

A word of advice for the next president?
"Fight poverty."
 
Interview with Michèle Lamont: A Portrait of a Capacious Sociologist
September 10, 2016
Sociology | Michèle Lamont is interviewed by Nasar Meer, University of Strathclyde, for Sociology's 50th anniversary special issue, "Bringing it ‘Home’?: Sociological practice and the practice of Sociology."

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She currently serves as 108th President of the American Sociological Association for 2016-2017. To learn more, see Michèle Lamont's website (new).

Airbnb Isn’t Doing Enough
September 9, 2016
Slate | By Ray Fisman  and Michael Luca. The company announced plans to combat discrimination on its platform. It’s still falling short, argue Fisman and Luca. Fisman is the Slater family professor in behavioral economics at Boston University. Michael Luca is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School.

Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation's Largest Cities
September 9, 2016
The New York Times | Quotes Robert J. Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, who underscores the heterogeneity of cities.

Why delaying school start dates is a bad deal for students
September 8, 2016
Brookings Institution | By Martin R. West (Ph.D. '06), Associate Professor of Education at Harvard.

Hutchins Roundup: Income mobility, labor protection regulations, and more
September 7, 2016
Brookings Institution | The Hutchins Roundup spotlights new study by Alicia Sasser Modestino (Ph.D. '01) of Northeastern University, Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11) of the Harvard Kennedy School, and Joshua Ballance of the Boston Fed showing that employer skill requirements have fallen recently recently, reversing the trend observed during the Great Recession.
View the research

Also of note: Family Income Mobility Has Declined Significantly Since the 1980s, by Katharine Bradbury of the Boston Federal Reserve.
View the research
 
The $15 minimum wage in New England: Who would be affected?
September 2, 2016
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston | In a short video interview and Boston Fed community development issue brief, Boston Fed Policy Analyst Anmol Chaddha (Ph.D. '15) explores the potential impact of a $15 minimum wage in New England. 
Read the brief

Related
New Study: Market Forces Do Affect Health Care Sector
September 7, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School | Coverage of new research by Amitabh Chandra, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, in the American Economic Review, "Health Care Exceptionalism? Performance and Allocation in the US Health Care Sector." The article is co-authored by Amy Finkelstein, MIT; Adam Sacarny, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and Chad Syverson, Chicago Booth.
View the research in AER

Sociologist Van Tran Brings the Immigrant Experience to the Classroom
August 29, 2016
Columbia University Record  | Profile of Van C. Tran (Ph.D '11), Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University.

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Noteworthy

Ann Owens named a 2016 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow
Ann Owens (Ph.D. '12), Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences at University of Southern California, has been awarded a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2016-2017, a fellowship that supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.

Owens will investigate whether and how both school and neighborhood inequalities contribute to the educational attainment gap between high- and low-income youth.The gap between high- and low-income young adults' educational attainment has grown over the past few decades while racial gaps have stabilized. Identifying possible explanations for the economic attainment gap, including neighborhood, district, and school economic segregation, is thus critical for reducing inequality for future generations.

Special event

10 Big Ideas
Inequality and Wealth Concentration
Thurs, Oct 13, 2016
4:10-6:00 pm
Harvard Kennedy School, Starr Auditorium.

An Inequality & Social Policy special event

10 Big Ideas. 8 minutes each. Infinitely thought-provoking.

Introduction
David T. Ellwood
, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Moderator
Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy. Chair of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.


The 10 Big Ideas

Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences.

Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy.

Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics.

Alexandra Killewald, Professor of Sociology.

David A. Moss, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor, Harvard Business School.

Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and of Sociology.

Stefanie Stantcheva, Assistant Professor of Economics.

Other upcoming events of interest

Conference on Race and Justice in the Age of Obama
Wed-Th, Oct 12-13, 2016
Harvard Kennedy School
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
(Registration required)

Co-chaired by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, and Leah Wright Rigueur, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.
 
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE
Race and Power in America Book Event at Cambridge Forum

Monday, Oct 17, 2016
7:00-9:00 pm
First Parish Church

Tommie ShelbyDark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform

Elizabeth HintonFrom the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making
of Mass Incarceration in America

Khalil Gibran MuhammadThe Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

In conversation with Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education, Harvard University.

Hosted by Cambridge Forum in collaboration with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.
 

Forthcoming academic publications by Ph.D. fellows


Lynch, Kathleen, and James S. Kim. Forthcoming. “Effects of a Summer Mathematics Intervention for Low-Income Children: A Randomized Experiment.” Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Aghion, Philippe, Ufuk Akcigit, Angus Deaton, and Alexandra Roulet. Forthcoming. “Creative Destruction and Subjective Wellbeing.American Economic Review.
 

New in books

Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel

By Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies; Graziella Moraes Silva (Ph.D. '10), Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Jessica S. Welburn (Ph.D. '11), Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa; Joshua Guetzkow, Nissim Mizrachi, Hanna Herzog, and Elisa Reis.

Princeton University Press (Sept 2016).
 
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.

University of Chicago Press (Oct 26, 2016)
Available for pre-order.
 
We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative

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

W.W. Norton and Company (Oct 11, 2016)
Available for pre-order.
 
Competition in the Promised Land: 
Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets


By Leah Platt Boustan (Ph.D. '06)
Professor of Economics, UCLA.

Princeton University Press (Nov 1, 2016)
Available for pre-order.
 

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