EconoFact | By Tara Watson (PhD '03), Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College. Watson served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis in the U.S. Treasury Department from 2015-2016.
Russell Sage Foundation | The Russell Sage Foundation announced four new awards from its small grant competition in intergenerational mobility, three of which will support research by Harvard Inequality & Social Policy affiliates:
Ellora Derenoncourt (Harvard University) Did Great Migration Destinations become Mobility Traps? Ellora Derenoncourt is a PhD candidate in Economics.
Ryan D. Enos (Harvard University) Do Public Works Programs Increase Intergenerational Mobility? Evidence from the Works Progress Administration Ryan Enos is Associate Professor of Government.
James J. Feigenbaum (Princeton University), Maximillian Hell (Stanford University), and Robert Manduca (Harvard University) The American Dream in the Great Depression: Absolute Income Mobility in the United States, 1915-1940 James Feigenbaum (Harvard PhD '16) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. In fall 2017 he will join the Boston University faculty as Assistant Professor of Economics. Maximillian Hell is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. Robert Manduca is a PhD candidate in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University.
Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast | Professor David Deming (PhD '10) sits down with PolicyCast host Matt Cadwallader to talk about his new Harvard Kennedy School course, The Causes and Consequences of Inequality (SUP-206). If traditional jobs like manufacturing aren’t coming back, how can the economy adapt? How can the American education system better prepare the next generation for the needs of the modern economy? Deming's research grapples with these questions.
The Economist | Cites Todd Rogers, Associate Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. Also features work in which Elizabeth Linos (PhD '16) of Behavioural Insights Team North America participated, a collaboration with the Chattanooga Police Department to attract more minority applicants to the force. (Read a detailed account of the Chattanooga experiment, including an interview with Linos, which appeared earlier this year in Quartz).
U.S. Congress Joint Economic Commitee | Professors Robert D. Putnam and Mario L. Small (PhD '01), joined by Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute and Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on the potential role for social capital in addressing U.S. economic and social challenges.
Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, focused on two generational concerns: why social capital matters in narrowing the opportunity gap among today's children, and what a boomer generation "aging alone" portends for U.S. eldercare costs in the years ahead. Read Robert Putnam testimony
Mario Small, Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology, discussed the evidence that "early education and childcare programs may be an especially effective venue to help low-income parents generate social capital,"..." that this social capital is beneficial, and that there is reason to believe that targeted interventions may help such programs maximize these benefits." Read Mario Small testimony
Gov Innovator Podcast | Andy Feldman (PhD '07) interviews Carrie Conaway (AM '01), Chief Strategy and Research Officer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Conaway was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences. Feldman is currently a visiting fellow with the Center for Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.
Washington Post | By Vanessa Williamson and Theda Skocpol. Vanessa Williamson (PhD '15) is a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and author of the new book Read My Lips: Why Americans Are Proud to Pay Taxes (Princeton University Press, 2017). Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and director of the Scholars Strategy Network.
The 74 | Professor David Deming (PhD '10) on the lasting benefits of Head Start, school accountability, and integration. Deming is a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The Atlantic—CityLab | Two Yale professors—Inequality & Social Policy alum Vesla Weaver (PhD '07) and Tracey Meares of Yale Law School—are using immersive technology to enable connections between communities of color in low-income neighborhoods across four U.S. cities. In summer 2017, Weaver joins the faculty of Johns Hopkins University as Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology.
The New York Times | Providing perspective: Harvard's Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies; and alumna Vesla Weaver (PhD '07), Professor of Political Science at Yale University.