Research Grants Approved at March 2019 Trustee Meeting

March 11, 2019

Several new research projects in the Russell Sage Foundation’s programs on Behavioral Economics, the Future of Work, and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality—along with new grants in the foundation’s special initiatives on the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care ActIntegrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, and Non-Standard Employment—were funded at the foundation’s March 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Behavioral Economics

Linda Babcock, Kevin Jarbo, Geoff Kaufman, and Kody Manke (Carnegie Mellon University) will study the extent to which stereotype threat affects college students’ decision making.

Future of Work

Sari Kerr and Kristin Butcher (Wellesley College) will explore the impact of mandated parental leave policies on both firms’ and workers’ outcomes.

Brian Kovak, Laurence Ales, Erica Fuchs, and Kate Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon University) will conduct an interdisciplinary study of the labor market effects of the adoption of new production technologies in manufacturing.

Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato (Duke University), E. Mark Curtis (Wake Forest University), and Eric Ohrn (Grinnell College) will study the effects of capital investments on worker outcomes. 

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Ingrid Gould Ellen and Katherine O’Regan (New York University) will study the role of landlords in limiting or promoting the effectiveness of HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program.

David B. Grusky and Jure Leskovec (Stanford University) will convene a workshop to begin data analysis for the Opportunity Study.

Tara Watson, Lara Shore-Sheppard and Lucie Schmidt (Williams College) will examine the short- and long-run effects of Social Security income on child outcomes. 

Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge

Daniel Belsky (Columbia University) will assess the relationship between socioeconomic status and inequalities in biological aging over the life course.Co-funded with the JPB Foundation.

Non-Standard Work

Joel Slemrod (University of Michigan) and Eleanor Wilking (New York University) will analyze trends in employers’ use of independent contractors and the effects of regulatory and cost considerations on employer decisions about worker classification. Co-funded with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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

Erika Franklin Fowler (Wesleyan University) and Sarah E. Gollust (University of Minnesota) will study the content, volume, and factual accuracy of media messaging about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during 2018 and its implications for public attitudes and behavior. 

Rebecca Thornton and Mark Borgschulte (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will examine the labor market effects of the breastfeeding provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


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