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Inspiring Memoirs Tell Journey From Child Farm Worker to Academic

Inspiring Memoirs Tell Journey From Child Farm Worker to Academic

December 7, 2015

NBC News | Tomás Jiménez (Ph.D. '05, now Stanford University),  talks about his father's influence on his childhood and his own scholarly work in this feature profile of his father, Professor Francisco Jiménez of Santa Clara University. Francisco Jiménez has recently published a fourth volume in an award-winning series of memoirs for young readers.

Can America Learn from Australia's Gun Laws?

Can America Learn from Australia's Gun Laws?

December 5, 2015

BBC World Service [transcript] | Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04) guests. Leigh analyzed the effects of Australia's gun laws in a 2010 paper, written when he was a professor of economics at Australian National University. He's now a member of the Australian Parliament.

The window tax—an open and shut case

The window tax—an open and shut case

December 4, 2015

Financial Times | Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04) research on Australia's "baby bonus" noted in an article about the ways in which people adjust behavior to avoid taxes.

How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Killings

How a Conservative-Led Australia Ended Mass Killings

December 4, 2015

The New York Times | Delves into 2010 study by Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04), which estimated that gun suicides per 100,000 people fell 65 percent, and the rate of gun homicides 59 percent, in the decade following Australia's adoption of a national gun control agreement. At the time of the study, Leigh was a professor of economics at Australian National University. He is now a Labor MP in Australia's Parliament.

Opportunity, responsibility, and security: A consensus plan for reducing poverty and restoring the American Dream

Opportunity, responsibility, and security: A consensus plan for reducing poverty and restoring the American Dream

December 3, 2015

A joint AEI-Brookings event | David T. Ellwood, a member of the working group that developed the plan, outlined three fundamental ideas that drove their work at a launch event held at the National Press Club. The proposal grew out a shared belief that poverty and economic mobility are urgent issues for the nation's future, and that if the U.S. is to move forward in reducing poverty and increasing opportunity, those on the political left and right must find a way to overcome the political polarization that threatens prospects for progress.

AEI and Brookings, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Ford Foundation, convened a group of 15 poverty experts, reflecting diverse ideological and intellectual perspectives, who worked over 14 months to identify core areas of agreement and to craft a comprehensive plan based on strong empirical evidence.
View the plan (PDF)
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Standardized testing works, depending on where you went to school

Standardized testing works, depending on where you went to school

December 2, 2015

Boston Globe | David Deming (Ph.D. '10, now faculty) discusses results from a new study, , which presents the first evidence of the influence of test-based accountability measures on long-term student outcomes. Co-authored with Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. '15, now Columbia TC), Jennifer Jennings (NYU), and Christopher Jencks, the study appears in the winter 2016 issue of Education Next.

The steep cost of incarceration on women of color

The steep cost of incarceration on women of color

November 29, 2015

CNN Money | Bruce Western draws attention to "how profoundly gendered the whole incarceration story is," the ways in which the financial and caretaking burdens of incarceration fall heavily on females when loved ones are incarcerated.

Why the Economic Fates of America's Cities Diverged

Why the Economic Fates of America's Cities Diverged

November 28, 2015

The Atlantic | Highlights research by Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11, now Harvard Kennedy School faculty) and Peter Ganong (Harvard Ph.D. candidate in Economics) on the importance of regional income convergence in reducing U.S. wage inequality between 1940-1980 and explanations for declining convergence in recent decades.

Why White House Economists Worry About Land-Use Regulations

Why White House Economists Worry About Land-Use Regulations

November 20, 2015

Wall Street Journal | Delves into papers by Raven Molloy (Ph.D. '05, now Federal Reserve Board of Governors) and by Peter Ganong (a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in Economics) and Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11, now HKS faculty), which CEA Chair Jason Furman highlighted in a recent address on the links between land-use regulations, wages, inequality, and intergenerational mobility.

Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor

Electing to Ignore the Poorest of the Poor

November 17, 2015

The New York Times | Quotes William Julius Wilson, Matthew Desmond, Robert Sampson, and Kristin Perkins (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy). 

Also highlights the launch of a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal, The Russell Sage Foundation Journal in the Social Sciences, which leads with a two-volume issue, 'Severe Deprivation in America', edited by Matthew Desmond and featuring articles by Inequality & Social Policy affiliates Christopher Wimer (Ph.D. '07), Kristin L. Perkins and Robert J. Sampson, Bruce Western, and David J. Harding (Ph.D. '05).
Severe Deprivation in America: Issue 1 ▶
Severe Deprivation in America: Issue 2 ▶

What's past is prologue

What's past is prologue

November 13, 2015

Harvard Gazette | MacArthur Fellow and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates (center) joined a conversation with Bruce Western, Kathryn Edin (Johns Hopkins), and William Julius Wilson at the JFK Jr. Forum. 
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Understanding the Sources of Inequality

Understanding the Sources of Inequality

August 11, 2015

National Bureau of Economic Research | Roland Fryer talks about the economics of inequality and the central questions that drive his research in this NBER video chat (4 minutes).

Wealth and Finance in Post Civil-Rights America

Wealth and Finance in Post Civil-Rights America

July 18, 2015

Harlem Book Fair (C-SPAN2 Book TV) | Vesla Weaver (Ph.D. '07) of  Yale University joined a panel with Dalton Conley (NYU), William Tabb (Professor Emeritus, Queens College and CUNY), and Damon Phillips (Columbia Business School)

Capitalism for the Rest of Us

Capitalism for the Rest of Us

July 17, 2015

The New York Times | By Joseph R. Blasi (Rutgers), Douglas L. Kruse (Rutgers), and Richard B. Freeman

Interview with Claudia Goldin

Interview with Claudia Goldin

May 24, 2015

Econ Focus—Magazine 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."

Income Inequality in the U.S.

Income Inequality in the U.S.

May 18, 2015

Washington Journal (C-SPAN) | Guests Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09) and Michael Konczal (Roosevelt Institute)

Is your boss influencing your political views?

Is your boss influencing your political views?

May 14, 2015

MSNBC | Alex Hertel-Fernandez (Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy) joins a conversation about his latest research findings and what they mean for workers' rights and the political will of America's poor and working classes.

President joins Poverty Summit

President joins Poverty Summit

May 12, 2015

President Barack Obama joined a discussion on overcoming poverty in the US with Robert Putnam, Arthur Brooks (AEI), and moderated by E.J. Dionne.  In his remarks, President Obama also highlighted William Julius Wilson's earlier work in the The Truly Disadvantaged (33:32 mark).  View on C-Span  
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Mary Jo Bane took part in a separate panel that addressed how religious and national leaders might help make overcoming poverty "a clear moral imperative and an urgent national priority." These events were part of a two-day Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty, held at Georgetown University. Read more ►

Little Magazine, Big Ideas: The American Prospect at 25

Little Magazine, Big Ideas: The American Prospect at 25

May 12, 2015

The American Prospect | Links to some of its most influential articles in the past 25 years, including those by William Julius Wilson, Jane Mansbridge, Christopher Jencks, David Ellwood, Mary Jo Bane, Robert Putnam, and Theda Skocpol (in order of appearance). The complete spring 2015 anniversary issue, with "rolling back inequality" as its central theme, has also been made available (with email registration) as a free PDF download.