Fall 2017 Awards Approved in RSF Special Initiatives and Social Inequality Program

December 1, 2017

Four new research projects in the Russell Sage Foundation’s Social Inequality program and five new projects in RSF’s special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration, Non-Standard Employment, Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, and Computational Social Science were recently approved at the foundation’s November 2017 meeting of the board of trustees.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University) will organize and run the 2018 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods, a two-week program that will introduce new immigration scholars to alternative sources of data and evolving research methods in migration studies.

Non-Standard Employment

Susan N. Houseman and Brad J. Hershbein (W.E. Upjohn Institute) and Katharine G. Abraham (University of Maryland) will develop new household survey measures of alternative work arrangements and test those new measures in the context of the Gallup Daily: Politics and Economy Track Survey (GDS). Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Daniel Schneider (University of California, Berkeley) and Kristen Harknett (University of California, San Francisco) will will use new microdata that links low-wage workers to identifiable employers in order to study company-level variations in unpredictable scheduling for workers. Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge

Brenda Major (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Tessa Dover (Portland State University) will study how upward social mobility affects the health outcomes of Latino/a young adults in the US. Co-funded with the Ford Foundation.

Computational Social Science

Peter Bearman and Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), Mara Loveman, Eric Schickler, and Christopher Muller (University of California, Berkeley), Marcella Alsan (Stanford University), James Feigenbaum (Boston University), and Trevon Logan (Ohio State University) will document the effects of historical events and institutions on racial inequality by incorporating historical and genealogical information with machine-learning approaches in order to link different records of marginalized groups that were excluded from or missed in official tabulations.

Social Inequality

Natacha Blain and Suzanne Le Menestrel (National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine) will lead a research group to provide an evidence-based, non-partisan analysis of the macroeconomic, health, and social costs of child poverty in the U.S. and develop a 10-year plan to reduce the number of children living in poverty by half.

David Card (University of California, Berkeley) and Lowell J. Taylor (Carnegie Mellon University) will study the intergenerational links between parents and children during the “golden era” of rapidly expanding, but unevenly distributed, educational opportunity in the U.S. (1900­–1940).

Daniel Carpenter (Harvard University) and Susan Webb Yackee (University of Wisconsin, Madison) will examine the ways that special interests use their considerable resources to influence administrative and executive decision-making, focusing on the Dodd-Frank legislation passed by Congress in 2010.

Hilary Hoynes (University of California, Berkeley), and Jordan Matsudaira and Zhuan Pei (Cornell University) in collaboration with Richard Hendra and Virginia Knox at MDRC, will study the long-run impacts on recipients and their children of a set of randomized welfare-to-work experiments.


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