Fall 2019 Presidential Authority Grants

November 14, 2019

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following Presidential Authority grants in the Behavioral EconomicsFuture of Work and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality programs and special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration and Non-Standard Work.

RSF approved supplemental funding of two grants that it co-funded with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one for an ongoing project by Katharine Abraham (University of Maryland), John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland), Lee Sandusky (U.S. Census Bureau), and James Spletzer (U.S. Census Bureau) on the growth and nature of increasingly common non-employee work and another for data analysis by Susan N. Houseman (W.E. Upjohn Institute), Brad J. Hershbein (W.E. Upjohn Institute), and Katharine G. Abraham (University of Maryland) of new household measures of alternative work arrangements. The foundation also approved a grant that supports additional participants to attend the 2020 and 2021 Summer Institutes in Migration Research Methods, led by Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). 

Behavioral Economics

Elliott Ash, ETH Zürich, Daniel L. Chen, Toulouse School of Economics, and Arianna Ornaghi, University of Warwick will conduct a study of gender bias in the judiciary – $34,713.

Future of Work

Nathan Wilmers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will conduct a study of within-organization job mobility and inequality – $8,212. Co-funded by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Sandra Susan Smith, University of California, Berkeley will design and lead an exploratory mixed-methods project examining perceptions and experiences of the formerly incarcerated with Ban-the-Box – $35,000.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Roger Waldinger, University of California, Los Angeles will lead a research project examining the extent to which the citizenship and legal status of immigrant parents affects the wellbeing of their U.S.-born children – $47,482.

Social, Political and Economic Inequality 

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, University of Wisconsin, Madison will conduct a qualitative study of prime-age men’s labor force participation and its relationship with family dynamics – $47,507. 

Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University will lead a qualitative study examining the educational and workforce trajectories of the early married in Mississippi – $49,716. 

Michael Hankinson, Baruch College, and Asya Magazinnik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will examine the effects of neighborhood representation on the welfare and equity of the housing supply – $48,159.

Adam T. Jørring, Boston College will examine the effects of student debt on labor market outcomes – $45,000.

Erika M. Kitzmiller, Columbia University will undertake an ethnographic book project on youth perspectives about poverty, inequality, and opportunity – $49,256.

Gregory E. Miller and Adriana Weisleder, Northwestern University will examine disparities in children’s cognitive development through context-biology interactions – $49,998. This appropriation is funded in part by the JPB Foundation.

Nathan Wilmers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will study wage stagnation and the transformation of pay practices – $21,641.





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