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Social and Economic Inequality

sei-icon-100Economic growth and development depend upon all citizens having the opportunity to maximize their potential, whether this is in terms of family formation, career path, or other long-term objective. MPRC researchers study inequalities by race / ethnicity, social class, age, gender, context, and nativity / immigration status in this and other signature themes.

MPRC research in this category is unique in its focus on key institutional contexts. Although population research usually focuses on the individual or family as the unit of analysis, from an ecological perspective, the individual and family are nested in a set of broader institutional contexts. Such institutions include prisons, the criminal justice system, health care systems, family and welfare policy, the labor market, the military, firms, schools, states, or countries as the context for population-related behaviors.

Areas of focus include :

  • Individual and family inequality
  • Schools and colleges
  • Organizations and firms
  • Criminal justice system
  • Military

Examples of current projects in these areas are listed here.


Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Opioid Use Disorder, mental illness lack treatment when co-occuring

Jie Chen and colleagues will publish a study examining the behavioral health treatment among individuals with co-occurring opioid use disorder and mental illness

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Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Care Coordination on Minorities with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Principal Investigator Jie Chen, with Andrew Fenelon and others, was awarded a grant to study care coordination on ethnic minority populations

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Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

Chen research identifies benefits of local mental health services

American Journal of Preventive Medicine article reports racial and ethnic minorities experience a disproportionate burden of co-existing mental, physical conditions

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IPUMS - Time Use website launched

IPUMS - Time Use website launched

Hofferth and colleagues help make time use data readily accessible

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Report on Big Data in Survey Research

Report on Big Data in Survey Research

Frauke Kreuter and colleagues debate key methodological issues in Public Opinion Quarterly article

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Developing Nations: "Our Pollution is Your Consumption"

Developing Nations: "Our Pollution is Your Consumption"

MPRC Faculty Associate Klaus Hubacek demonstrates how material consumption in rich countries is fueled by pollution and environmental destruction in the developing world

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