Research Grants Approved at June 2021 Trustee Meeting

July 21, 2021

At the foundation’s June 2021 meeting of the board of trustees, seven new research projects were approved in its programs on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality and in its special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

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

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Breno Braga and Signe-Mary McKernan (the Urban Institute) will use credit bureau data to examine disparities in financial wellbeing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of state policies in protecting vulnerable communities.
Cofunded with the JPB Foundation.

Ellora Derenoncourt (University of California, Berkeley) and Chi Hyun Kim, Moritz Kuhn, and Moritz Schularick (University of Bonn, Germany) will use state tax records, census, and other historical data to document and explore the racial wealth gap from 1860 through the present.
Cofunded with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Katherine Eriksson (University of California, Davis) and Vellore Arthi and Gary Richardson (University of California, Irvine) will examine the role of the Great Depression in shaping trajectories of Black socioeconomic and intergenerational mobility from emancipation to the present.

Jonathan Morduch and Ajay Chaudry (New York University) will conduct a qualitative study of a guaranteed income experiment in Compton, CA to better understand the subjective experiences of recipients.

Chandra Muller (University of Texas, Austin) and April Sutton (University of California, San Diego) will investigate the association between education and financial security across life stages by linking data from five educational panel studies to consumer credit data.
Cofunded with the JPB Foundation.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Petra Moser (New York University) will study the effects of restrictive immigration quotas in the early twentieth century on science and innovation over time and across immigrant generations.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Amarat Zaatut (Temple University) and Stephanie DiPietro (University of Iowa) will conduct a comparative qualitative study of the integration experiences of Muslim immigrants and refugees in traditional and non-traditional areas of settlement.
Cofunded with the Carnegie Corporation of New York


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