RSF Scholars & Authors Publish Opinion Pieces in National News Media

November 16, 2023

Top L - R: Leslie McCall, Alexandrea Ravenelle, Harry Holzer
Bottom L- R: Zachary Parolin, Sean Reardon

Several RSF visiting scholars and authors have contributed opinion pieces to national news media outlets over the last month.

Current visiting scholar Leslie McCall (The Graduate Center, City University of New York) published an op-ed in The Boston Globe on the potential for a broad-based new labor movement that might appeal to voters across the political spectrum.

Visiting scholar Alexandrea Ravenelle (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) contributed an opinion piece to The Hill calling for an expansion of unemployment insurance benefits to meet the needs of a changing workforce – specifically the rise in gig and freelance workers.

Former visiting scholar Harry Holzer (Georgetown University) contributed an opinion piece to Forbes on the October jobs report, which showed that the labor market remains strong but is cooling from the torrid pace of growth reported in previous months. Among contributions to many RSF publications, most recently Holzer co-edited the RSF journal issue Improving Employment and Earnings in Twenty-First Century Labor Markets and of the  RSF book Where Are All the Good Jobs Going?

RSF author Zachary Parolin (Bocconi University, Italy, and Columbia University), Poverty in the Pandemic: Policy Lessons from COVID-19, had opinion pieces published in both Newsweek and The Hill. In his piece for Newsweek, Parolin provides a succinct overview of policies, such as the expanded child tax credit, that could help lower the child poverty rate in the U.S. Similarly, in his piece for The Hill, Parolin argues that by enacting such policies, the U.S. congress could have prevented the spike in child poverty rates that followed the demise of the COVID-era American Rescue Plan Act.

Finally, former visiting scholar Sean Reardon (Stanford University) was interviewed in the New York Times “Upshot” on the deep and persistent inequality at the heart of American education. Reardon was a contributor to the influential RSF book Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances.


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