Build a more equitable society by supporting policymakers in creating effective and inclusive policies and by diversifying the Economics profession.
In recent decades, economic inequality in the United States has been rising. Significant gaps in wages, income, and wealth exist across racial, ethnic, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and other groups. The COVID-19 pandemic brought these disparities into sharp focus. We need to examine which policies work best to promote equity and reverse these long-standing disparities. This requires a diversity of perspectives and rigorous evaluation of existing policy to determine what is working and what can be improved.
We conduct policy-relevant research in collaboration with other scholars and community partners in service of reducing current and historical inequities. We evaluate existing policies and propose evidence-based changes that will allow more equitable opportunities and representation. As part of this research, we will make data sets on U.S-based policies publicly available. We will also create non-technical summaries of our findings to be shared with advocates and policymakers.
In addition to researching inequities, we will work to counteract inequalities within the Economics profession itself. To do this, we will offer several research assistant positions to individuals from historically under-represented groups in Economics. These positions are well-suited to be used as a stepping stone for individuals between undergraduate and graduate school.
We have hired our first Research Assistant Fellow, Kristine, who began work in June 2022!
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