The acquisition and deployment of human capital in the market drives advances in productivity. The extent to which someone is rich or poor, experiences family instability, faces discrimination, or grows up in an opportunity-rich or opportunity-poor neighborhood affects future economic outcomes and can subvert the processes that lead to productivity gains, which drive long-term growth.
How does economic inequality affect the development of human capital, and to what extent do aggregate trends in human capital explain inequality dynamics? To what extent can social programs counteract these underlying dynamics? We are interested in proposals that investigate the mechanisms through which economic inequality might work to alter the development of human potential across the generational arc, as well as the policy mechanisms through which inequality’s potential impacts on human capital development and deployment may be mitigated.
- Economic opportunity and intergenerational mobility
- Economic instability
- Family stability
- Neighborhood characteristics
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COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Assessing the Impact of the FFCRA
Access to Paid Leave during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Evidence from NYC
Did Paid Sick Leave and Family Medical Leave Ameliorate the Health and Economic Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The impacts of welfare cuts on well-being during the Great Recession: Evidence from linked U.S. administrative and survey data
The long-term evolution of inequality: Poverty, pollution, and human capital
Recessions during young adulthood and U.S. racial income inequality
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Our funding interests are organized around the following four drivers of economic growth: the macroeconomy, human capital and the labor market, innovation, and institutions.