The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved 23 research grants in its 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 special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Two grants were co-funded with the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
The research projects include studies on how high-achieving, low-income students make decisions on higher education; the impact of pay transparency laws; how the decline of local newspapers has impacted union mobilization; the effects of 287(g) agreements on ethnic profiling of Hispanics; how racial justice activists make sense of racial struggle and activism; how felony convictions shape renters’ housing options; the effects of the home mortgage interest deduction on the White-Black wealth gap; and the role that prosecution policies play in mitigating disparities within the criminal justice system.
Following is a list of the recent research grants. Please click on each one for a brief description of the research grant.
Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context
Stefanie DeLuca (Johns Hopkins University) and Elizabeth Burland (University of Connecticut) will investigate how high-achieving, low-income students make postsecondary education decisions.
Future of Work
Lisa Bates (Columbia University) will examine how New York City’s 2022 pay transparency law affects the jobs that applicants apply for, their pay expectations, and salary negotiations and outcomes.
Matthew Johnson (Duke University) will examine the extent to which the decline in the quantity and scope of local newspapers account for the decline in union organizing.
Matthew Knepper (University of Georgia), Ian Schmutte (University of Georgia), and Leonard Goff (University of Calgary) will examine the relationship between the number of companies hiring in a given labor market and the percentage of job postings that omit information on wages.
Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis) and Gueyon Kim (University of California, Santa Cruz) will examine the ways in which work is being reshaped by new technologies, new markets, and population changes.
Simon Quach (University of Southern California) and David Arnold (University of California, San Diego) will examine the labor market effects of disclosing salary information in job postings.
Immigration and Immigrant Integration
Joaquin Rubalcaba (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Prentiss Dantzler (University of Toronto) will investigate how partnerships between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement affect ethnic profiling of Hispanics in traffic stops in North Carolina. This grant is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.
Tara Watson (Brookings Institution) will examine the effects of the Trump administration’s new public charge rule on safety net participation of low-income citizen children. This grant is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Rezarta Bilali (New York University) and Michelle Twali (New York University) will examine how racial justice activists make sense of the history of racial struggle and how it shapes their activism.
Social, Political, and Economic Inequality
Alexander Bartik (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Bryan Stuart (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia) will evaluate the effects of an internet job search tool being developed by the Department of Human Services in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on the employment outcomes of the unemployed and workers with low earnings.
Brielle Bryan (Rice University) will examine the extent to which felony convictions shape renters’ housing options and whether additional characteristics, such as race, gender, and neighborhood poverty rate, impact residential opportunity.
Elizabeth Cascio (Dartmouth College) and Ethan Lewis (Dartmouth College) will examine the extent to which racial inequality in school facilities narrowed during the 1950s, when southern states began making large investments in Black school facilities in attempts to fend off desegregation.
Jonathan Colmer (University of Virginia) will examine which populations are exposed to projected sea level rise and how the risk of this exposure has evolved over time.
Claire Dunning (University of Maryland, College Park) will explore how and why some private foundations turned to housing policy as a tool of economic and social mobility after the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
LaGina Gause (University of California, San Diego) and Jennifer Garcia (Oberlin College) will examine which legislators protest in Congress, their motivations for protesting, and the political consequences of protesting.
Felipe Gonçalves (University of California, Los Angeles) and Emily Weisburst (University of California, Los Angeles) will examine the impact of residential segregation in neighborhood crime and contact with police across racial groups.
Tatiana Homonoff (New York University) and Katherine Meckel (University of California, San Diego) will examine the effects of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on alleviating financial distress among low-income households in California.
Joe LaBriola (University of Michigan) and Chinyere Agbai (Ohio State University) will examine the effects of the home mortgage interest deduction on the White-Black wealth gap since 1984.
Carl Liebersohn (University of California, Irvine) and Greg Howard (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will examine the extent to which access to credit explains household mobility and neighborhood choice.
Angelica Meinhofer (Cornell University) will examine the impact of recreational cannabis laws on racial and ethnic disparities in law enforcement contact and criminal activity.
Aurelie Ouss (University of Pennsylvania) will examine the role that prosecution policies play in mitigating social and economic disparities within the criminal justice system.
Ryan Parsons (University of Mississippi) will examine the impact of social security disability programs in rural communities with high rates of program participation.
Hannah Walker (University of Texas, Austin), Marcel Roman (University of Texas, Austin), Derek Epp (University of Texas, Austin), Mike Findley (University of Texas, Austin), and Amy Liu (University of Texas, Austin) will examine the variations in police stops and arrests at the boundaries of adjacent neighborhoods with large racial, ethnic, and income differences.