Harvard Gazette | By many measures, the U.S. has made important strides when it comes to Civil Rights: The racial gaps in educational achievement, life expectancy, and wages, though still considerable, have all narrowed measurably in the past 50 years. Yet in one marker of fundamental importance — family income — disparities between black and white have remained virtually unchanged since 1968.
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.
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 | 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 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
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.