Research Grants Approved at November 2019 Trustee Meeting

November 25, 2019

At the Russell Sage Foundation’s November 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees, several new research projects were approved in its programs on Future of Work and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality—along with new grants in the foundation’s special initiatives on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

Future of Work

Eric Brynjolfsson, John Van Reenen, Kristina McElheran will conduct a survey of management practices, information technology-driven advances, and the adoption of frontier technologies in a representative sample of U.S. manufacturing firms. Co-funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality 

Celeste Carruthers and Marianne Wannamaker will examine the long-term impacts of unequal educational systems in the South and the extent to which the 1964 Civil Rights Act offset some of the effects of unequal educational opportunities.

Michael Kraus and Jennifer Richeson will examine why Americans are unaware of the magnitude of racial economic inequality in the U.S. and explore how to prompt more accurate perceptions using experimental studies.

Leslie McCall, Arvid Lindh, and Jonas Edlund will add to the 2020 General Social Survey items that will gauge public preferences for policies that reduce labor market inequality.

Jennifer Silva, Elizabeth Durden, and Annemarie Hirsch will conduct a multi-method study in impoverished rural communities that will link electronic health records to life history narratives to better understand the pathways through which economic and racial inequality impact health and social mobility.

Eva Vivalt will explore data on unclaimed property in 20 states, including the demographics of non-claimants and their reasons for not claiming, and will include a randomized trial to investigate barriers to reclaiming property.

Christopher Warshaw and John Sides will carry out a multi-year national survey on local politics that will assess inequalities in the public's views on local government, and how this relates to the policies local governments implement.

Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context 

Amanda Charbonneau, Jack Glaser, and Hannah Laqueur will study police decision making and the role of suspicion. 

Calvin K. Lai will conduct and evaluate a police training program for reducing racial bias. 

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Joanna Dreby and Eunju Lee will conduct a qualitative study of the longer-term consequences of heightened immigration enforcement on young adult outcomes among the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants.



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