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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The Opt-Out Mechanism for Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance: Could it Work?
The Impact of Work-Family Legislation on Business: The Case of New York City’s Paid Sick Days Law
Federal financial aid and postsecondary success for low-income students
Criminal record information and access to opportunity: Using the 2010 CORI reform as a natural experiment
The effects of employment incentives and cash transfers on parent and child outcomes: Evidence from the long-run effects of welfare reform experiments
Evaluating the Philadelphia Fair Workweek Standard to identify the consequences of scheduling regulation on workers and families
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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.