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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Stratification, Stress-Related Morbidity, and Labor Supply at Older Ages
Using IRS tax data to measure the long-term effects of California’s 2004 Paid Family Leave Act
Using linked Census data to examine occupation mobility in the United States
The organizational bases of discrimination
Parental resources and the career choices of young workers
What works and what workers try: Social mobility paths beyond the bachelor’s degree and the impact of racialized inequality
U.S. Census BureauLearn More
City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter CollegeLearn More
University of California, Santa BarbaraLearn More
Jonathan D. Moreno
University of PennsylvaniaLearn More
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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.