New Research Grants Approved

July 15, 2022

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following 21 new research grants. Grants were made in the foundation’s programs on Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality and in the foundation’s special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Two grants were co-funded with the Carnegie Corporation.

Following is a list of the recent research grants. Please click on each one for a brief description of the research project.

Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context

Elliott Isaac (Tulane University), James Alm (Tulane University), Matthias Kasper (University of Vienna), Erich Kirchler (University of Vienna), and Anne Herlache (U. S. Internal Revenue Service) will examine whether behavioral nudges in IRS outreach can increase federal income filing among non-filers.

Future of Work

Chloe Gibbs (University of Notre Dame) will examine the role of public policy and public investment in children’s education in facilitating women’s employment.

Andreas Leibbrandt (Monash University), Jeffrey Flory (Claremont McKenna College), and Mallory Avery (University of Pittsburgh) will examine how advertising a work-from-home job position affects application rates by race.

Peter Norlander (Loyola University, Chicago) will develop a dataset of employment practices for a sample of publicly traded firms and a sample of large private firms, government agencies, and non-profit employers.

Yotam Shem-Tov (University of California, Los Angeles) and Evan K. Rose (University of Chicago) will examine how criminal justice system involvement impacts labor market outcomes.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Mitra Naseh (Washington University in St. Louis) will examine the economic integration among newly settled refugees who arrived under the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program. – This grant is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation

Dialika Sall (Lehman College, City University of New York) will examine how race, class, and immigrant background intersect and shape the transition to adulthood for second-generation West African youth. – This grant is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Eunji Kim (Columbia University) and Tyler Reny (Claremont Graduate University) will examine the role of popular TV police dramas in shaping perceptions of police and the criminal justice system.

Tali Mendelberg (Princeton University) and Christopher Karpowitz (Brigham Young University) will examine how racial diversity on juries impacts jury deliberations.

Sally Nuamah (Northwestern University) will examine how experiences with the criminal justice system impacts political participation among Black women.

Lauren Valentino (Ohio State University) will examine how people determine whether an interaction is racist, classist, and/or sexist.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Ran Abramitzky (Stanford University), Santiago Pérez (University of California, Davis), and Joseph Price (Brigham Young University) will examine the relationship between higher education and intergenerational economic mobility over time.

Deven Carlson (University of Oklahoma) and Thurston Domina (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) will examine how school desegregation efforts in North Carolina influenced voter participation in school board elections.

Mia Costa (Dartmouth College) and Tatishe Nteta (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will examine whether racialization of policy issues impacts legislative responsiveness to these issues.

Elizabeth Fussell (Brown University) will examine the association between factors, such as skin color and bilingualism, and social and economic inequality in Puerto Rico.

Sarah Gaby (University of North Carolina at Wilmington) will examine how the Civil Rights Movement impacted the relationship between historical racial violence and current day racism and racial inequality.

Cameron LaPoint (Yale University) will examine whether the auctioning of homes in tax deed sales contributes to gentrification and widens the racial wealth gap.

Mary Lopez (Occidental College) and Jorgen Harris (Occidental College) will examine how college-in-prison programs prepare incarcerated individuals for their release.

Andrew Simon (University of Chicago), Justin Holz (University of Chicago), and David Novgorodsky (University of Chicago) will examine the causes of racial discrepancies in property tax appeals.

Andrew Thompson (George Washington University) will examine how the predicted racial majority minority demographic shift in 2050 impacts how Americans of color and White Americans think about racial identity and democracy.

Nathan Wilmers (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Per Engzell (University College London) will examine the extent to which firm-level practices affect intergenerational economic mobility.


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