Upjohn Institute Andrew Garin, PhD in Political Economy and Government '18, has been awarded the Upjohn Institute's 2018 Dissertation Award for best dissertation in employment research. Garin's primary research interests are in labor, public, and urban economics. A postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2018-2019, Garin joins the faculty of University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign in fall 2019 as Assistant Professor of Economics.
Awardee | David J. Deming, a professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and professor of education and economics at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize from the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM). Deming is the 19th winner of the award, which recognizes young professionals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy. Deming, who now co-directs the Inequality & Social Policy program, is former Inequality & Social Policy doctoral fellow who received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2010. View previous award recipients
Harvard Gazette | Harvard and the University of Michigan have formed two partnerships designed to encourage economic opportunity in Detroit and to fight the national scourge of opioid addiction. The Detroit-focused partnership pairs the Equality of Opportunity Project — led by Harvard’s William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics Raj Chetty, Harvard economics Professor Nathaniel Hendren, and Brown University Associate Professor John Friedman — with the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative, the city of Detroit, and community partners. It seeks to create interventions that can improve the livelihoods of low-income Detroit residents.
Awardee | Amelia Peterson, PhD candidate in Education, has been awarded the Best Comparative Policy Paper Award by the American Political Science Association's Public Policy section. The award recognizes an article of particular distinction published in the area of comparative public policy. Amelia's research examines who drives education reforms and the relationship to inequality.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth | By Robert Manduca, PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy. This article summarizes findings from “Income Inequality and the Persistence of Racial Economic Disparities” in Sociological Science. View the research
Awardee | Barbara Kiviat, PhD candidate in Sociology and Social Policy, is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Section on Consumers and Consumption graduate student paper award for her article, "The Art of Deciding with Data: Evidence from How Employers Translate Credit Reports into Hiring Decisions,” published in Socio-Economic Review. View the research
Awardee | Laura Tach (PhD '10) is the recipient of the William Julius Wilson Early Career award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, which recognizes a scholar who has made major contributions within 10 years of receiving the degree. Tach, Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology at Cornell University, is the third Inequality & Social Policy alum to receive the award in the past five years.
Harvard Kennedy School | Harvard Kennedy School has received a $2.5 million gift from the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation to support new and ongoing work to address wealth concentration and the broader problems of inequality. The gift supports the research and outreach efforts at the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, which serves as a nexus for work on inequality across the university. The program brings together Harvard faculty and PhD students from the social sciences who are exploring issues such as income inequality and wealth concentration, poverty and justice, opportunity and intergenerational mobility, and inequalities of race and place. Read more »
The Harvard Crimson | The gift will support the work of over 40 Harvard doctoral students in the social sciences who will be known as Stone PhD Scholars in Inequality and Wealth Concentration. The donation also establishes the Stone Senior Scholars program—an initiative which will invite 12 leading scholars of inequality to give lectures and coordinate events about economic opportunity and income inequality—and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture, a series of public lectures around economic inequality across the world. French economist Thomas Piketty will deliver the first lecture of the Stone series Friday at the Kennedy School’s JFK Forum.