Research Grants Approved at June 2018 Trustee Meeting

July 23, 2018

Several new research projects in the Russell Sage Foundation’s programs on the Future of Work and Social Inequality—along with new awards in the foundation’s special initiatives on the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act and Immigration and Immigrant Integration—were funded at the foundation’s June 2018 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Future of Work

Arindrajit Dube (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will use matched employer-employee data from the Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics Dataset (LEHD) to investigate how recent minimum wage increases have affected firms’ decisions about the organization of work and workers’ employment and earnings trajectories.

Sari Kerr (Wellesley College), Claudia Olivetti (Boston University), and Claudia Goldin (Harvard University) will study the effects of marriage, children and geographic mobility on earnings and employment gaps between men and women by assembling a large longitudinal dataset that allows them to follow couples and individuals across critical events.

Till von Wachter (University of California, Los Angeles) will study the effects of unemployment insurance and workforce development programs on the careers and earnings of marginally-employed low-wage workers in California.

Social Inequality

Allison Atteberry (University of Colorado), Kendra Bischoff (Cornell University), and Ann Owens (University of Southern California) will use data from the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) to formulate new hypotheses about potential strategies for reducing racial and ethnic inequalities in educational achievement. 

James Gibson (Washington University in St. Louis) and Michael Nelson (Pennsylvania State University) will study the role of state courts in shaping social, political, legal, and economic inequality.

Margot Jackson (Brown University), Anna Aizer (Brown University), and Julia Isaacs (Urban Institute) will examine the extent to which state-level public investments in children and families affect socioeconomic disparities in child wellbeing and parents’ private investments in their children’s development.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Giovanni Peri (University of California, Davis) will study the effects of recent changes in immigration enforcement policies on the labor market outcomes of native-born residents, local crime rates, and immigrants’ access to health care. Co-funded with the Carnegie Corporation.

The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Anuj Gangopadhyaya and Emily Johnston (Urban Institute) will study the effects of the ACA Medicaid expansions on fertility rates, maternal characteristics, and the school enrollment and labor supply of women of reproductive age. Co-funded with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Leighton Ku and Michael Darden (George Washington University) will investigate the effects of the ACA Medicaid expansions on the wellbeing of low-income families and children. Co-funded with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


Join our mailing list for email updates.