Spring 2018 Grants Approved in RSF Programs and Special Initiatives

March 19, 2018

At their March 2018 meeting, the Russell Sage Foundation’s trustees approved three grants in the programs on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Future of Work, and Social Inequality; and six grants in the special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration, Integrating Biology and Social Science, Computational Social Science, and the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act.

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

John Sutherland Earle (George Mason University) will study the effects of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act on employment, using comprehensive firm-level data. Co-funded with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Brian K. Kovak (Carnegie Mellon University) and Brian C. Cadena (University of Colorado at Boulder) will study how shocks in the U.S. labor market affects both immigration from Mexico and local economic development outcomes in different regions of Mexico.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Heather Koball and Sheila Smith (Columbia University) will explore the effects of state and local immigration policies on the preschool enrollment of children of immigrants. Co-funded with the Carnegie Corporation.

Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University), Mark Leach (U.S. Census Bureau), and James Bachmeier (Temple University) will study the assimilation and integration patterns of Mexican immigrants in comparison to other immigrant groups, including those from Germany, Ireland and Italy. Co-funded with the Carnegie Corporation.

Future of Work

Hana Shepherd (Rutgers University) and Janice Fine (Rutgers University) will study how recent labor laws passed in four cities have been enforced by the agents tasked with implementation.

Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge

Emma Adam (Northwestern University) and Jonathan Guryan (Northwestern University) will study the effects of a school-based meditation intervention called Quiet Time (QT) on students’ emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes.

Computational Social Science

Jens Ludwig (University of Chicago), Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University), Jon Kleinberg (Cornell University), and Benjamin Keys (University of Pennsylvania) will study the extent to which new prediction policy algorithms may unintentionally exacerbate disparities between groups.

Enghin Atalay (University of Wisconsin), Daniel Tannenbaum (University of Nebraska), and Sebastian Sotelo (University of Michigan) will use a dataset of job vacancies from published ads between 1940 and 2000 to study long-run changes in the labor market.

Social Inequality

David Johnson (University of Michigan) and Jonathan Fisher (Stanford University) will use the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) to measure inequality in income, consumption, and wealth over the past half century.


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